What are some other common questions people have about exercising?
Do I need to diet as well as exercise if my goal is weight loss?
We try to discourage “diets”, as they are often only a temporary fix for a long-term problem. We do highly encourage healthy eating through permanent behavioral changes that you can live with. A healthy diet, combined with adequate exercise, will help you achieve your desired goals much faster than either diet or exercise alone. And, exercise and healthy eating together will ensure that you keep off any excess weight for the rest of your life.
How often should I exercise?
In general, it is recommended that you start with 3 exercise sessions a week. Over time, you can progress to 5-6 days a week. If you progress slowly, and vary your exercise routines, you will avoid any overuse injury or exercise burnout. This is why it is important to seek advice from a fitness professional—to discover how to save yourself from injury and burnout.
What are the best exercises for getting rid of muffin tops/bat wings/inner thigh bulge?
Excess fat on the belly, upper arms and inner thighs doesn’t typically occur in isolation. If you’ve got it there, chances are you’ve got it everywhere. You can’t spot reduce. No exercise will target fat cells in just one part of the body. You need to target them all via exercise and proper nutrition. And if you really want to see muscle definition once the layer of subcutaneous fat is shed, make sure you’re following a strength training program designed for building muscle.
Why can't I just do cardio?
While cardiovascular training is great for building strong hearts and lungs, it doesn’t provide the stimulus your body needs to build bigger, stronger muscles and bones. Why? Our bodies adapt fairly quickly to the load we ask them to move; unless you’re gaining weight, your legs will always be subject to the same load and moving that load through the same, limited range of motion.
Adding strength training to your program allows you to (1) increase the load on your legs, (2) change the range of motion you move your joints through and (3) target muscles that you don’t typically use during cardiovascular training.
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