Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Extra Benefits of Cardio Training

Cardio training is good for your heart - The increased heart rate you will achieve during your cardio workout will improve the condition of your heart and lungs, by training your heart to pump more blood in fewer beats and your lungs to move more oxygen with less effort. The improvement you will gain in your cardiovascular health will reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Aim for 30-60 minutes at least 3 days a week in order to achieve the best results for improving your heart.

Cardio training will help improve muscle mass - Yes, it's true - You need strength training to gain muscle, but the thirty minutes you spend on those elliptical trainers will help improve your muscle mass, too, especially if you combine the two as part of an interval training program. By going back and forth between cardio training and weight training, you are working your muscles and then letting them relax several times during a workout, which will improve your ability to build that great toned look. In addition, regular aerobic exercise causes the capillaries in your muscles to grow, which helps them to remove waste, such as lactic acid, from your body more easily. This will help improve the health of your muscles, and reduce muscle soreness after your workout.

Cardio Training Burns Fat - Adding four thirty minute cardio sessions a week to your current training schedule will help you rev up your fat burning capability. The fat loss you will see will help your toned muscles be even more noticeable.

Cardio Training Revs Up Your Metabolism - In addition to the fat you will burn during your workout, regular cardiovascular training will boost your metabolism for hours after your workout, too, helping you to maximize fat loss all day long.

Your Immune System Can Improve - People who spend thirty minutes in cardiovascular exercise at least three times a week are less likely to catch colds and other viral illnesses. It is believed that aerobic exercise improves your immune system, making it better able to fight off infection.

Your Mental State Will Improve - Cardio training causes your brain to release endorphins, the body's natural high. Endorphins act as natural painkillers and stress reducers.

You Are Likely To Live Longer - The New England Journal of Medicine has found a direct link between regular exercise and longevity.


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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Back To Work

Hey Everyone! I know, I know, its been a REALLY long time since I have posted anything. Hopefully the holiday season was as good to you as it was to my family and I. We had the luxury of spending the holidays in the warm weather. To my surprise, the majority of you lost weight over the holidays. That was very nice to come home to. Some of you have asked me how this is possible. It is an interesting phenomena. First of all, despite the fact that we all were not as disciplined at staying away from some of the sweets and unhealthy foods as we would have liked to have been. We have instilled several habits into our daily diet routines, that were not there before. Let me explain.
Breakfast. As your have all at one time mentioned to me, you wake up like a ravenous wolf. Ready to eat your pillow. (ok, that was an overstatement, you can't not agree) Breakfast, first thing has become a habit. The next thing is that you now are not afraid to eat. Even if you had some sweets here and there, you were trying to eat every 2-3 hours. This keeps that metabolism firing. A major mistake people make over the holidays to eating a really large meal and feeling gross afterwards. In an attempt to combat this feeling and in hope of not consuming more calories, they skip the next couple meals and end up doing this all over again.
The last reason why most of you continued to lose fat over the holidays is that you were aware of the situation you were in. Whether or not you failed in one area or not, you made better decisions than the rest of the company and you attempted to maintain your exercise regimen.
I know this sounds familiar to most of you. To all the rest, you are still learning. Life is about living and enjoying. There is no reason why you can't have the body you want at the same time. Its about simple principles and lifestyle changes that you need to make that allow you to have both simultaneously.

You are all great and I love working with you. Keep the questions coming and remember that everyday is a new chance to give 100%.