Get in the Tone Zone with Scott’s Fit Tips (Part 1)admin
#1 Do What Works Best for You
Try to work out at the time you have the most energy. If you’re a morning person, do your best to schedule your fitness activities early in the day. If you perk up as the day goes along, plan your exercise activities in the afternoon or evening.
#2 Best Cardio Exercise
Many experts, including coaches, trainers, conditioning experts, and competitive athletes, believe that minute for minute, jumping rope is THE #1 MOST BENEFICIAL EXERCISE. It is an unparalleled cardiovascular workout that will tone your entire body.
1 hour spin class=up to 600 cals burned
1 hour jump rope=up to 1000 cals burned!!
#3 Work the Big Muscle Groups
You can’t spot reduce! Doing crunches will make your stomach stronger but won’t get rid of the fat on top of the muscle. Do cardio, eat right and work THE BIGGEST MUSCLE GROUPS (legs, back, etc) and the fat will start melting off everywhere.
#4 Limit the White Carbs
Eat low-glycemic carbohydrates instead of processed carbohydrates. Low-glycemic carbohydrates include vegetables, oatmeal, and whole-wheat products, and they are digested more slowly. That means your blood sugar levels won’t crash, and you won’t get hungry or tired.
#5 Include Fiber in Your Diet
Aside from reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and many kinds of cancer, fiber will keep the weight off! High fiber foods fill you with fewer calories because they are naturally bulky, which makes your stomach full. Fiber slows down the digestive process so you can go longer without feeling hungry again. It even decreases the amount of fat that is absorbed by the digestive tract.
#6 Don’t Skimp on the Warm Up
Warm up for 10 MINUTES before working out! This will increase blood flow which results in decreased muscle stiffness, less risk of injury, and improved performance. A proper warm up will increases production of various hormones that make more carbohydrates and fatty acids available for energy production.
#7 Use Free Weights
FREE WEIGHTS involve more muscle fibers and more contractions, because you use stabilizing muscles not used when working out on machines! So, make the switch for QUICKER RESULTS! If you have not used free weights before, schedule a session with a trainer to learn the RIGHT WAY!!
#8 Circuit Train
Use the circuit at your gym. It will give you THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! The machines will work all of your muscles, and if you move quickly enough, you can keep your heart rate in the cardio zone. WOW! A cardio and resistance training workout in just a half hour!
#9 When trying to lower body fat %…EAT MORE, NOT LESS!!
You’re metabolism will slow once it realizes it’s taking in less. It’s why most diets work UNTIL THEY DON’T!! So think quality instead of quantity and eat as much as you want throughout the day! You won’t gain fat when sticking to lean proteins, whole grains/fiber and veggies!
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