Eating well and exercising often, but still feel like you’re not losing that stubborn weight? The thing is, fat loss happens when you ditch the scale, exercise effectively and start to see food as fuel instead of something to feed your emotions or occupy your time.
In this Blog we look at: Exercising Effectively:
1. You’re doing too much cardio
Yes, cardio is a necessary part of your workout routine. It keeps your heart healthy, boosts your metabolism, and gives you a good sweat. However, doing only cardio—or doing too much of it—can actually add to the problem. Long cardio sessions can eat away at your lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass is essential for increasing your metabolism to burn more calories. More muscle = more calories burned.
2. You’re not lifting weights
This one goes hand in hand with #1. If you’re primary goal is fat loss then the best way to gain the all-important calorie-burning lean muscle is by doing resistance strength training in addition to your cardio. The more muscle tone your body has, the more fat you’ll burn.
3. You’re not taking time to recover
When you do achieve that muscle burn and you’re really feeling your workout the next day, those are the days to focus on letting your muscles recover. Your exercise routine should be a balance between resistance training, cardio and stretching or complete rest days. Recovery and rest are just as important as the workout itself. It’s during those periods that your body does most of the actual fat burning. So plan some rest time into your exercise program that way you’re ready to work hard again the next day.
In the next blog we look at why you should step off the scales, followed by seeing food as fuel.
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