Whether engaging in a simple cardio exercise or a strenuous training regimen, warming up is essential. Without a proper warm-up, you’re placing yourself at increased risk for sprains, cramps or injuries. A proper warm up can increase the blood flow to the working muscle which results in decreased muscle stiffness, less risk of injury and improved performance.
Many people believe weight gain and loss of fitness are a given part of the aging process. We’re here to tell you that’s not so. So what’s the first thing on your to-do list? Ditch the mindset that it’s “too late” for you to change your lifestyle, your health, and your well-being. Next? Get going! Here are some simple tips to get you started:
Many people disregard the benefits of walking, but recent studies show that regular walks can help reduce blood pressure, keep your cholesterol level in check, burn calories (even in small amounts) and helps you maintain an ideal weight. A brisk walk will have you burning upwards of 100 calories per mile. Most can cover a mile in 15 to 20 minutes, and it can be done anywhere, so no excuses. Everyone can find 15 to 20 minutes somewhere in their day. Find it twice, and you’ve done away with 200 calories! Small steps add up quickly. Start by timing one mile. Each time you walk that route, try to go a little bit further in the same amount of time…the faster the walk, the more calories you burn, the more you are improving your cardiovascular health. Challenge yourself and you’ll find some fun, some stress relief, and a ton of health benefits that can help you get and stay fit at any age.
Let’s face it: most people do end up gaining a few extra pounds during the holiday season. After all, the next few months are all about celebrating life, friendship, and family. At Fit for Life, we think you should enjoy these special times, but we also want you to stay fit and healthy!
Nope, that headline is not a mistake! Our San Antonio personal trainer wants to make sure you have a good meal before you hit the exercise floor. The reason is simple: your body needs energy for working out, especially those muscles! After all, any good fitness routine includes some form of weight training that helps you develop and tone muscles. This is a great way to burn extra calories, lose that extra flab, and feel great about life again!
The top exercise to achieve a flat stomach is most likely not the one most of us are performing. In fact, the body cannot just get rid of excess fat in one spot. In order to achieve a flatter abdomen or tighter arms and legs, a loss of body fat through a reduced calorie diet combined with a total body exercise program is the only way to realize your goal. That’s right – to attain a flat and firm stomach, the whole body must get leaner.