Archive for March, 2008

What time of day is best for workouts?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I get asked this question a lot. I’ve heard several different answers from several different experts. Some say working out first thing in the morning on an empty stomach increases the metabolism, allowing for more calories and fat to be burned. Others recommend working out in the afternoon, arguing that muscle strength and mental alertness are at their peak at this time of day. The answer I give is…pick a time that you can be consistent with. Maybe you like to exercise after work to releive stress, or first thing in the morning before your hectic day starts. Whatever the time…pick one that works best for YOU.

Don’t forget about your New Year’s resolution

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Millions of people made a promise to themselves to become more healthy and fit in 2008. We’re nearly three months into the new year, and many people have found themselves resorting back to their unhealthy eating habits and non-active lifestyles. Why? Whatever the reason…DON”T GIVE UP! Get back in the game. Summer is right around the corner, and you have plenty of time to lose the fat, build the muscle, and start feeling GREAT again.

Here are a few tips to help get you back on track:

1. Make a promise! Commit to someone other than just yourself; a family member, friend, or co-worker. Being accountable to someone other than yourself will help keep your promise.

2. Have a plan!. Make a monthly calendar that lists what activities you’re doing on each day of the week. Example: Monday-workout (upper body), Tuesday-cardio/abs, Wednesday-workout (lower body), Thursday-cardio/abs, etc. Plan on doing some type of physical activity at least six days a week.

3. Be patient! Don’t expect to see results over night. Most experts say it takes 21 days to make a habit. This is plenty of time to start seeing noticeable changes with your body.