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When to Expect Exercise Results

Posted in Uncategorized by mixfitness on December 9, 2009
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This morning, I wrote an article about the success a cancer survivor has found by working with a personal trainer.  It got me thinking about the fitness journey.  Exercise benefits everyone, no matter what problems you face.  It takes commitment, determination, and hard work.  Results do not happen over night, nor do they happen even within a month.  The women I wrote about has been working with her trainer for two years now.  If you want to read her story, click here.

I’ve blogged so much about weight loss, that I want to talk about the other types of results you can expect when exercise is a regular part of your life.  It’s true that beginners see results more quickly than those who have been at it a while.  The cool thing about novice weight-lifters (and I don’t mean professionals) is that while the training improves your muscles, it also trains your brain.  Your brain starts to make a better connection to your muscles and you often feel stronger.  There are many factors contributing to when you can expect the toned/defined appearance.   If you have low body fat and start weight training, you may see results within three months.

For the other great benefits like improvements in balance, body fat, blood pressure, and cholesterol, it takes several months.  And, the more you train, the faster the result.  Now, I’m not recommending you start over-exercising!  Remember, fitness is not a race.  But, the old saying applies:  practice makes perfect.  So, exercising two times per week will yield quicker results than once per week.

Finally, a tip about working with a personal trainer.  Hiring a personal trainer can speed up your results.  Let me stress can speed results.  However, it still boils down to how much exercise you’re getting per week.  If you workout once with your trainer per week and get no other activity, results will be slow to come, but will come eventually.  So, do yourself a favor and exercise independently of your trainer.

Want to know what to look for when hiring a personal trainer?  Read on.


Where to Purchase Fitness Equipment

Posted in Uncategorized by mixfitness on November 27, 2009
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Hi blog followers!  I’m now writing for Examiner.com.  You can continue to follow me there.  I will still be writing about fitness and getting more specific about exercises and topics.  Check out this article I wrote:

If you are considering buying fitness equipment as a gift this season, read this first. Sporting goods stores tend to mark up prices.  Here are some alternative companies you should consider.  Read more…

Lift to Lose

Posted in Uncategorized by mixfitness on November 18, 2009
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How often do you hear that you have to do cardio in order to lose weight?  The fitness centers promote this concept by filling space with rows of treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes.  And usually, there is a time limit on them because they are in demand.  We spend countless hours literally going nowhere in the hopes of getting a slim figure.  There’s another way:  weight lifting.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  Cardiovascular exercise is very important for maintaining a healthy heart and preventing diabetes and a host of other diseases.  But, it’s just one component of fitness and furthermore, weight loss.  Do you hop on the elliptical because you know how many calories you will burn in 30 minutes?  The calorie counter makes you a slave to the machine.  Well, what if I told you it was possible to burn even more calories in the same amount of time by strength training?

But first, let’s discuss how your body burns calories.  It takes energy (or calories) to keep your brain functioning, heart beating, breathing, digesting, etc.  Most of the calories you burn daily come from your metabolism.  While you are reading this, you are burning calories.  To put it in perspective, the 200 calories you burn during your walk on the treadmill are nothing compared to the amount of calories you burn just by living.

One of the many benefits of exercise is the afterburn effect.  After your workout, your body continues to burn calories at a higher rate than normal.  It only lasts for a short time, though, before returning to normal.  The cool thing about strength training is the afterburn lasts longer than when compared to a cardio workout.  In other words, your metabolism is revved up for up to two hours after a weight-lifting workout.

So, give yourself the freedom to step away from the bright lights of high-tech calorie trackers and step into the area where there is rarely a wait for equipment.  When you combine cardio, weights, and healthy nutrition, the body you’ve always wanted will appear.  Slowly, mind you.  It won’t happen after a week or even a month.  But, it will happen!

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