The Physical Benefits of Walking “There are many reasons to walk for exercise,” says Ann Green, M.S., past heptathlon world athlete, yoga teacher and fitness studio owner. “Walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture, and the list goes on…” When comparing the results of the most recent National Runners’ Health Study with the National Walkers’ Health Study, researchers found that the energy used for moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running resulted in similar reductions in risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease over the study’s six year period. Which means when it comes to some pretty prominent markers of our health, walking at a moderate intensity can get the job done just as well … [Read more...] about Why walking is the most underrated form of exercise
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For years, Michelle Batz, 46, was 120 pounds of pure muscle. But a difficult pregnancy in her late 30s caused her to gain 70 pounds, and although she's since lost most of it with diet and exercise, 9 pounds of body fat are still glued to her belly and hips today. "It's frustrating because I work out for 45 minutes every morning, don't snack, and always eat meals off of smaller plates than the rest of my family," says the Chicago phys-ed teacher. "I know I still look good for my age, but I want to look like I did a decade ago." Who hasn't hit the dreaded weight loss rut, when after a few weeks or months of the pounds flying off, you're suddenly—bam—up against a scale that won't budge? "All dieters reach a plateau at some point, whether it's after a few weeks or a few months," says Louis Aronne, MD, president of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity and a clinical professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. "After you've lost a certain … [Read more...] about Dropping The Most Stubborn Pounds
Since you're well-read in the fitness department, you probably already know about the afterburn effect—i.e. how some workouts help you burn calories even after your sweat session is over. But what you may not know is which ones get the job done best—so we checked in with fitness expert Doug Barsanti, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and owner of ReInvention Fitness in Santa Cruz, California, to get the full scoop.strength training vs. cardio. At all. The key is to do unsustainable exercises, whatever those may be for you. "Anything that you can't sustain for more than a minute, give or take—basically anything that gets you breathing really hard until you feel like you may collapse—will burn the most calories after you're finished," he explains. (But, of course, you don't actually want to collapse. The goal is to work hard enough to feel challenged, but not so hard that you're crazy sore the next day—that won't help you in the long run and … [Read more...] about Which Workout Burns The Most Calories After It’s Over?
If you're a personal trainer, everyone from your neighbor to your grandma asks you fitness questions. And unsurprisingly, many of those questions are repeats—as in, everyone from your neighbor to your grandma wants to know the exact same thing. Which got us wondering: What are those popular questions that everyone wants to know? And, uh, what are the answers?We reached out to Justin Gelband, trainer to Victoria's Secret models galore and owner of ModelFit gym in NYC, to share the most popular queries he fields. He spilled the deets—and gave us the answers you (and everyone else) is looking for. Q: "How do I get Candice Swanepoel's midsection, Irina Shayk's butt, Miranda Kerr's entire existence, etc.?"be Candice Swanepoel to have her midsection. Same with Irina Shayk and her butt, and Miranda Kerr and her entire existence. Ultimately, it's normal to compare yourself to other people, but it's not very helpful, because you are essentially setting yourself up to fail and … [Read more...] about 5 Questions Personal Trainers Get Asked the Most—Answered!
Exercise is something we should all be doing, not just for weight control, but for our mental and physical overall health as well. But let’s face it, sometimes there are weight loss goals that need to be reached in order to enjoy optimal health, and in those cases we need to be focusing on the exercises that torch the most calories and give us the most bang for our buck, in the shortest amount of time. There are definitely exercises that burn substantially more calories and are therefore much more efficient. They are typically harder, but they can really help you compress your workout regimen and reach your calorie burning target quicker and more effectively. It is a myth that you have to spend a few hours in a gym to get great results in both muscle building and weight loss. Science is finding that shorter, “smarter”, more intense workouts may actually be more effective than phoning it in at the gym for an hour and a half. Interval training Interval training is … [Read more...] about 3 Exercises That Burn the Most Calories