Smarten up your workout regime
Are you a hapless victim of your physical state? Have you been huffing and puffing away endlessly on that old stationary cycle forever with little or no result? Have you been starving yourself to the point of dizzy spells and intense weakness to note no fat loss?
When embarking on a fitness programme, we often go overboard and make choices which end up being counterproductive. It’s time to excercise smarter for better results.
If your main goal is fat and inch loss, exercise cardiovascularly for at least 35-40 minutes. Walking, aerobics, swimming, jogging, rope jumping, stair climbing, hiking or even a racket game are all considered cardiovascular. Remember the body does not use fat for fuel during the first 20 minutes of your workout. It’s only thereafter, that fats are utilized. Make sure your workout is continuous. If you get tired, slow down to an on-the-spot march, but don’t stop. When you stop and start, firstly, the body doesn’t continue burning fat. Secondly, this can easily lead to injuries such as a pulled muscle, Achilles tendinitis or a knee injury. Work out at a moderate level of intensity. If your intensity is too low, you’re not burning fat. The same applies if you’re working out too hard. One of the most common errors people make is that when they have a problem area such as the stomach or hips and thighs, they tend to spot work it to death! Bad mistake. When you work a particular area, you can work on muscle tone and even reshaping the group, but you cannot reduce the surface area of it. The area tends to bulk up and makes it appear larger and more apparent. Instead, combine with