Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fitness Friday

Starting an exercise program is an exciting and healthy journey, however the results that may come from it may be a bit slower than you want.  Don't get discouraged by the fact that your results are progressing slower or differently than you may have hoped.  Results kinda follow a pattern.  You get increases in your strength, and as your strength improves, you can perform better in your training sessions.  Once that happens, those fat losses will improve.  The key to all of this is patience.  

It could be that your lack of results come from the fact that you are sabotaging your results by not taking care of yourself.  For example training too often, or for too long can lead to burn out and/or adrenal fatigue, and not sleeping can lead to a decrease in recovery.  Try to avoid some of the items on this list.

Are you really staying away from SUGAR?  Chances are no matter how hard you try, there a still things that have "sneaky" sugars in them.  This list is quite extensive.  A big place sugar can hide is in your yogurt.  Not all yogurts are created equal, and the ones with the fruit in the bottom are the worst offenders.  My advice: grab plain yogurt and add your own toppings like berries.  Oh and don't fear the fat.  Make sure when it says low fat it doesn't mean high sugar.  Read those labels.  

Injuries happen.  Those little aches and pains creep up from time to time and it may be hard to want to train, or you may think you can't train.  Often times there are little tweaks you can make to a training routine to get around an injury and ensure you keep up with your training.  Here are 5 tips on how to get around an injury. 

Speaking of injuries, often times an injury stems from an imbalance somewhere in the body.  I've long talked about the dangers of sitting to much and the affect it can have on your body, specifically your lower back and hamstrings.  When you sit for long periods of time, your hamstrings end up in a contracted state, and when you try to stretch them, they get mixed signals and end up tightening more.  Ease into stretching and you'll be way more successful at getting some length.

A little different Weekend Workout. Going to switch it up to a Weekend Workout Tip, so your tip for the weekend is:

Vary Your Intensity!
Don't go balls to the wall all the time.  Sometimes changing up the routine gets your body to use a different energy system.  While working out at a high intensity burns a ton of calories, your body also has to use  more nutrients to fuel the workout and the "after burn."  Let your body recover by mixing in some lighter, recovery/mobility based workouts.

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