Exercising specific body parts does not reduce fat stores in those areas. For example, more situps will not reduce belly fat. Proper nutrition—reducing all around calories—and full-body cardiovascular and resistance (weight-bearing) exercises to burn stored fat is the best general prescription for fat loss. However, spot training certain muscle groups can make them stronger and better toned. Read the discussion at this link for good exercises in the gynoid region (hips/thighs/buttocks).
The New Year is just around the corner and many of us are anticipating our latest iteration of our fitness resolution. Linked here is an excellent beginner body weight exercise program for Resolutionaries. It is brief, effective (for men and women), and requires little or no exercise equipment. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.
Visit the link below for a brief discussion on exercise errors many people make and why it is important to avoid them. Remember: if we injure ourselves while working out, we can set our fitness plans back days—or even weeks—as we recover from the injury. Stay safe, stay strong.
Many exercisers—and fitness trainers—obsess over “strict” form during resistance training. The problem with that is disagreement over what constitutes proper form. And not everyone keeps up with the latest research. Proper squat technique, for example. Review the brief discussion at the link here for one view of the differing weight-bearing squat variations.
Check out this short video on how to plan and start a great beginner’s workout using no-equipment calisthenics. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.
The latest Gym Bro pseudo-science has 2 schools of thought: One, is to do no cardiovascular (aerobic) training at all, it is unnecessary for fitness and fat loss; second, is to only use high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for cardiovascular fitness. Both of these schools fail. Cardiovascular endurance is one of the main components of fitness, as discussed here last week. However, cardio training should be performed correctly for maximum benefit. Read this article for tips to improve your aerobic training.
The 5 main components of fitness are cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Too many Gym Bro scientists out there—who have little or no fitness training or education—try to convince the masses that cardiovascular training is not necessary. Their fix for all fitness goals is “lift more, lift heavier.” And they are wrong. Check out this link for a brief summary of the benefits of including cardio in your fitness program.