About two or three years ago, Time Magazine came out with an article about the effect of diet and exercise on weight loss. The conclusion was basically that exercise plays a minimum effect. As I remember, this article caused an uproar in the fitness community. And though not a popular idea, it had a lot of truth. Diets may be the number one thing that controls weight loss but exercise benefits the body in so many ways. Here are a few of my favorite:
Helps Control Weight
I know what I just said. Diet aids weight loss more than exercise. But, exercise still burns calories, boosts the metabolism, and allows you eat more!
Being active, no matter your weight, helps to reduce your bad cholesterol levels which can lower your blood pressure and works to prevent heart disease.
Improves your Mood
“Exercise gives you endorphins and [...]
Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program designed to increase ten levels of overall fitness. According to the Crossfit website, the ten general physical skills are cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.
The fitness movement started in 2000 and is now practiced at over 6000 gyms in the country. But you don’t have to go to a gym to enjoy the benefits of this intense fitness program. Follow these beginner workouts to get started in the Crossfit world. The best part about it, it can be done at home. Below there are five workouts to start with and as your fitness level increases you can do multiple workouts in a session or add to the amount of rounds you complete.
10 pushups, 10 squats, and 10 [...]
With summer ending and fall beginning, jean season is right around the corner. Lunges work the entire lower body and are just the perfect solution for a nice fit in those jeans.
Watch this video to learn how to properly do a lunge.
Two weeks ago, we helped spice up your elliptical workouts with a little interval training. This week lets kick up the intensity on the treadmill and burn mega calories. We are going to continue using 34 minutes as our time frame in support of those on the 17 Day Diet.
Choose the workout that works best for your current fitness level. The intermediate workout involves walking with a varying incline but don’t let that fool you, it is a difficult, fat blasting workout. The advanced workout involves walking and running on a varying incline. Both workouts will have you sweating the fat away during and long after the workout has ended.
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Spice up your elliptical training with this 34 minute heat-pounding, boredom-busting workout. Why 34 minutes? It fits perfectly into the suggested 34 minutes of exercise for the 17 Day Diet and is extra credit for the 30 minutes suggested on the Flat Belly Diet.
This routine is all about interval training. You will use varying amounts or speed and resistance to blast calories and keep your metabolism boosted all day long.
Repeat minutes 5-8, five more times
**Speed is difficult to gage as no elliptical is created equal. Follow the chart below to make the workout more personalized what may be your 3 could be my 5.
1: Slow, leisurely walk. “I can do this all day.
2: Deep Breaths “I can’t keep up a conversation at this pace.”
3: Feeling good. “I can stay here 20-30 [...]