Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Fitness 101 for beginners: Part 3 of 3"

We have discussed two of the three keys of health/fitness, which includes your diet/meal plan and your workout. Know it’s time to move on to cardiovascular. Yes cardio, you either love it or hate it and I lean toward the hating part. I’m honest, but in order to get the body you want it has to be done.

Most of us just think jumping on the treadmill running, running and running is going to burn the fat of your body. I’m here to tell you, WRONG!!! Our bodies have multiple energy systems aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic is when your body is maintaining a certain heart rate before it changes to sugar burning, this is the fat burning stage. Anaerobic is when your body’s energy system switches from fat burning to sugar burn. So this means that the slow pace cardio (conversational pace) burns and target more fat
burning than running, YES.

Most clients and gym goers argue “I don’t feel like I’m doing anything or it boring”. So I ask, what is your goal? What is it you want to accomplish? If you answer, I want to lose weight; well you need to do slow pace cardio three to four times a week, burning that fat off your body. The most accurate way to know when your body energy system changes from fat burning to sugar burning is by using a VO2 sub-max machine. Your trainer may
have other methods to help you find you heart rate number.


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