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 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.
We have all heard the term. But very few fully understand what it means, much less how to implement interval training into our fitness plan. So, here is a primer (though, rather lengthy, I’m afraid) on this very popular exercise program. For one thing, it is not recommended for exercise beginners. For another, great results can still be gained using other exercise programs. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.
Stairs, for exercise, are accessible just about anywhere. Stair walking count as cardio exercise. But they also strengthen and tone our lower body, particularly calves, thighs, abs, and glutes. And who doesn’t want toned glutes? Check out this link for more details.