When your jeans are not fitting the way they used to, or your swimsuit bottoms have a little extra hanging over the top, you feel it is time to make a change. The muffin top did not appear overnight, so do not expect it to disappear quickly, but with time and dedication, you can make the muffin disappear.
“I’m going to get fit. Now what?” Many of us run smack into that question when we’re on the front end of putting an exercise routine into our lives. Having an idea of what we want to accomplish and why we want to accomplish it (setting realistic goals) are two of the best things we can do for ourselves. Getting clear on where we are and where we want to go requires us to take the next steps to get fit. We need to make sure adding a fitness routine in the safest and most efficient way is actually something that is in our best interests to do for ourselves.
You probably know many of the dangers of obesity. If you don’t, you should know they include a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, and reproductive problems, according to this report by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
When it comes to losing weight, we’ve seen many of our clients dedicate the bulk of their gym time to cardiovascular exercise while often neglecting strength training. Maybe you feel that you don’t have the time to do your cardio and fit in strength training, maybe you avoid strength training because you don’t want to “bulk up” your muscles, or maybe you think that strength training won’t help you lose weight since it isn’t helping you to sweat off calories? Well, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Strength training is essential to losing weight, so if you’re serious about getting in shape, you’ll need to add it to your fitness routine. Learn how it helps you lose pounds.