The articles in the fitness mags go back and forth-
- must do more cardio to lose weight
- must do more weights to lose weight
- must do circuit training
- must do yoga and Pilates
It gets pretty confusing trying to figure out what is best for your body and your needs, doesn’t it?
Try to keep things in perspective and realize what it is your looking for. Weight loss? Muscle tone? Firmer arms or legs? What you want and what you need are not going to be attained by what a magazine article written for the masses is going to give you.
Remember, calories in needs to be less than calories out if you want to lose weight.
You may have seen the hype on these “fitness shoes”, but do they really do what they claim?
This is the study done by an unbiased set of researchers:
Will Toning Shoes Really Give You A Better Body?.
If you have 10 minutes, or even 20 to get in a quick outdoor workout, here are some great exercises to try:
- Walking lunges
- Bench squats (use a picnic or park bench)
- Bench push ups
- Curb calf raises
- Pull ups (playground equipment)
- Jogging on the spot or around a track/trail
- Squat jumps
- side shuffles
Try to do 2-3 sets of 15 for each exercise. Try interspersing a cardio burst between each exercise, like a 30 second jumping jack.
Being outside while you work out is so enjoyable- you can admire the beauty of your location as well as enjoying some fresh air and a breeze.
We all know we can’t spot reduce, right?
Here’s an interesting article on that very topic:
Baby Boomers need to keep moving! Check out this article from Alive magazine:
via Move it or Lose it, Tanya Tiessen.
Hiring a personal trainer is better than working out on your own. Here’s a study that focuses on that: