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How to Change Your Fitness Routine for a More Effective Workout

This guest post comes from Paige Corley, a Program Director at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.

Ever wonder if your workout routine is stale or needs to be changed? Well, basically you want to keep your body experiencing new things, so you want to change your workout routine with some regularity. Problem is that for many of us just coming up with one workout routine is tough (and time consuming).

Keep these things in mind when thinking about your workout routines:

  • You can change the order in which you do your exercises and this can be enough to trick your body. For example, if you are used to doing cardio first and weights second, do your weights first and then your cardio.
  • You can change the intensity of your cardio workouts. Some can be steady state workouts and others can be interval workouts (like treading). Stay away from getting on the treadmill and walking/running at the same speed each time. Mix it up. Add incline; add speed. Try going fast for every 2 minutes of 5. This will allow you to recover for the other 3 minutes.
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Best Cardio Exercises That Don’t Require a Treadmill

Exercising can be difficult to work into a busy lifestyle, so making the most out of each and every workout session is a must. There are all kinds of styles or types of exercises that can be performed in the gym or at home. From weight training and fitness classes to isometric movements and plyometrics.

Each type of exercise depends upon what your goal is and the results that you desire. If you are trying to lose weight, heavy weight training is obviously not the desired style of exercise. Likewise, if you are trying to gain weight, cardiovascular movements are not the answer.


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Bikini Beach Body Workout for Summer

Well, it’s almost summer again, which means the sometimes dreaded swimsuit season is here. If you have not already stepped up your workouts a little by now, it’s sure time to do so.

Many people often get the misconception that doing hundreds of crunches will get that flat, sexy stomach. Not true. Crunches do, however, work the core endurance and will obviously help. Fat and muscle are two different types of tissue. You need to burn the fat tissue in order achieve the so-called “bikini belly.”


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The Skinny on Muscle and Fat

Does muscle weigh more than fat? Well, there are two ways to look at this question.

Let’s take 10 pounds of fat versus 10 pounds of muscle. Ten pounds is 10 pounds, right? Yes. But, the 10 pounds of fat is much bulkier than the 10 pounds of muscle. Another way of looking at it is that a 10-pound pile of fat will take up more space than a 10-pound pile of muscle. So, more muscle would be needed to equal the space or volume of fat, thus making the pile of muscle weigh more.

That being said, let’s go into how muscle tissue and fat tissue are totally different. People often mistakenly think that doing crunches will turn the layer of fat into muscle. First off, there are three ways of losing weight (burning calories): diet, cardiovascular exercise, and weight training.


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Benefits of Exercise Before and After Plastic Surgery

plastic surgeryExercise is the best and safest way to improve the appearance of the body. Exercise not only improves your appearance, it reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It has also been proven to improve energy levels, sleep, and reduce stress. I definitely recommend implementing exercise into your daily routine, even as much as 30 minutes most days of the week is a great place to get started.

If you’re one of the many people considering plastic surgery, then you need to know exercise is imperative before doing so. By implementing cardiovascular and weight training along with proper stretching into your daily routine, your body will be well prepared for the surgery. This type of conditioning will strengthen your heart, firm your body, and will help quicken the post-surgery recovery. I recommend performing 30 to 60 minutes of cardiovascular training four to five days a week, at least 30 minutes of weight training three days a week, and stretching five to six days a week. Rest is also an important pre-surgery recommendation. Proper rest will ensure safety and success!
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