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Healthy Living: Exercise Routine!

Last Tuesday we talked about some simple ways to lose weight for summer, and one of the most important parts of weight loss is your exercise routine.

Your exercise routine or “workout plan” will greatly depend on what your weight loss/health goals are. If you are looking to lose weight and tone your body you will need to add a cardio workout as well as resistance training to your workout. If you are trying to build muscle, you will cut back on the cardio and spend more time in the weight room. It is always a good idea to consult a professional about your own specific workout program before you begin, but here are a few basic pointers.

If you want to lose weight and reshape your body, you will need to incorporate two things into your workout plan; cardio and resistance training. If you don’t incorporate resistance training into your workout and you are shaped like a pear for example, you will only be shaped like a smaller pear when you lose weight. You have to tone and reshape muscle as well. You should do both for at least thirty minutes a day, but if you have to; work up to that. Your cardio exercise can consist of a few different things and they all vary in intensity and results. Keep this goal in mind when embarking on a workout plan. Work towards IMPROVED PERFORMANCE.  Everybody has to start somewhere and every time you workout, you should be striving to outdo yourself.

Jogging/Running is one of the best ways to lose weight; this type of exercise not only gets your heart rate up but helps to burn calories and fat. Other Cardio workouts include swimming, biking, even kickboxing. Whatever you choose, be sure to get at least 30 minutes a day and give yourself an off day to let your body recoup.

Resistance training will help to reshape your body and before you get started you should always consult a fitness professional about a good workout plan. Keep these things in mind when formulating your workout plan.  Lifting lighter weights at higher reps, for example 3 sets of 10, will burn fat and produce lean muscle. Lifting heavier weights at lower reps, like 2 sets of 8, will increase muscle mass and build strength. Always be sure when compiling a workout plan to keep your goals in mind and incorporate the parts of your body you want to reshape in your workout plan.

You might also want to go buy some new clothes…

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