Hello, friends. It’s almost the weekend… woohoo!
I never got around to blogging last night because I attended my first UD Reading Alumni Club event with my friend/sorority sister, Laura! We went to a hockey game & it was a lot of fun; I realized once we got there that I had never been to a hockey game before. We sat pretty close to the ice & it actually was relatively entertaining to watch!
Laura, me, & Emily at my bridal shower in June.
A little while ago, I came across an article in the January issue of Real Simple magazine that I thought was interesting & worth mentioning.
The article, “10 Things Trainers Wish You Knew,” includes feedback from fitness experts on “common exercise infractions & how to correct them.” If you don’t subscribe to Real Simple, you can read the entire article online, here, or check out a few of my favorite tips below!
#1: You need to switch up your workouts.
“‘After doing the same cardio or strength routine 3 to 6 times, your body adapts & you burn fewer calories,’ says Michael Sokol, owner of One-on-One Fitness Personal Training Services, in Chicago & Scottsdale, Arizona.”
Rather than do the same strength or cardio workouts day after day, week after week, the article suggests changing one thing about your cardio &/or weight-training workouts once a month. This is something I can definitely improve on. If you’ve ever checked out my Workout Log it’s pretty apparent that I follow a consistent rotation of spin class, BodyPump, & the elliptical. I need to start “spicing things up” a bit!
#2: Cardio isn’t the magic bullet for weight loss.
“Although aerobic exercise will burn calories, it doesn’t really change your metabolism. What does: lean muscle mass.”
I learned this lesson last year, when I was actually doing more strength training than cardio. I’ve since balanced my workouts out between the two, but I firmly believe that strength training is essential for continuous results!
#6: A workout doesn’t merit a post-gym pig-out.
“When you’re feeling virtuous after you’ve exercised, it’s easy to eat back all the calories you just burned (& then some).”
Even though I didn’t need the magazine article to remind me of this, it’s definitely something I to keep in mind! Since I’m not currently trying to lose weight, it’s easy to think that the gym & a hearty dessert portion equal each other out. While my calories burned may be close to what’s consumed during dessert, that still doesn’t mean indulging constantly is the healthiest decision!
#8: Working out on an empty stomach won’t burn more fat.
“…people experienced a bigger boost in metabolism – meaning, burned more fat – when they exercised after eating breakfast than they did the same workout on an empty stomach.”
I usually try to eat something small before hitting the gym. If not, I definitely feel a lack of energy. If I’m working out in the early-evening, after school but before dinner, I’ll usually have a mix of plain Chobani, fruit, nuts, & a drizzle of honey. If it’s the weekend & I’m working out in the morning, I’ll usually grab a banana. If I eat a full breakfast, I often find that I can feel uncomfortable during a gym session.
How do you “shape up” when it comes to these “10 Things”?