GETTING IN SHAPE Still time to get in shape for party time
WELCOME to the latest health and fitness session with James Sangster... WITH just three weeks to the holidays are you still looking to get in shape?
Never fear, your friendly neighbourhood fitness instructor is here to help.
Did you remember to bring your sweatband this time?
No? Well, you’re not going to wangle out of this session that easy.
Hit the deck and give me 10 push-ups for starters.
Whilst the rest of us are waiting for you to complete your press-ups, let’s talk about two types of exercises.
Let’s start off with the exercise with the fear factor – cardio.
Yes, I know, it even hurts me to say it. But not as much as it’s going to hurt you to do it if you don’t pay attention in class.
A cardiovascular workout is an exercise where you are continuously moving your body to increase the heart rate and burn off that body fat.
Running, jogging, swimming or even just walking up and down stairs in your house.
It’s the best way to build up stamina when you begin an exercise regime.
Start slow. At your own pace. Stop when it hurts. Then start again. Increase the pace slightly. This time, when it hurts, count to three before you stop. And so on....
Now for a spicy dish of resistance training.
Great for both men and women.
Engaging your body’s major muscle groups will leave them needing to recover and repair after a workout, meaning more calories burned.
Throw in a side dish of cardio after your main course of resistance and you’re onto a winner.
If you’ve got a bigger appetite than a beginner try a chunky portion of interval training after finishing your main course of resistance.
A 15 second sprint (walk) followed by a 20-25 second jog (crawl) is the most effective method of fat burning.
Rinse and repeat. By the way – ladies, resistance training won’t make you huge or turn you into a walking breeze block.
You don’t have enough testosterone for it.
Any questions, email mrsangster@hotmail. com or tweet me @focusjames.