Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fitness Questions Answered

How can I motivate myself to work out after taking the summer off?

Resist the urge to go full tilt right away. You will be sore and discouraged and you will tend to give up on your workout plan. Try this plan for success.
Set no more than one exercise goal a week. Having too many goals reduces by half the likelihood of achieving any of them.
Make it easy. Perhaps walking the dog for 20 minutes three times a week. Or doing 10 squats and 5 push ups when you get out of bed in the morning.
Join the Back to School Boot Camp mini-session with Priority Fitness Burbank. Those who partnered up or worked out with others were 33% more successful in than the group who tried to go it alone.

Can I use exercise to spot-reduce?

No. Although you can firm specific ares with strength training, you can't target where you burn fat; it tends to come off all over. However, your mid-section is more metabolically active so it's often the first to go when you exercise. Good news for abs! Not so much for your tushie.

I worked super hard at the gym yesterday and I am sore. Is it OK to exercise anyway?

If you're really sore, take a break. If it's more mild to moderate pain, get back at it, but go easy - walk, do some light biking, swim laps, do restorative yoga. Activity will loosen your body and help move the lactic acid out of your muscles. Ask your special someone for a little massage and ice the sore area - no more than 20 minutes at a time. You will be ready to hit it hard again very soon.

Are there any cheater ways to flatten abs?

No. The core muscles must be worked just like any other part of your body. Make sure you use good form to flatten the abs as opposed to training them to stick out. Better posture will always help make your abs look flatter.  
Work on a strong core, good form and beautiful posture by joining a semi-private Pilates class forming this fall at Priority Fitness Burbank.

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