What you put in is what you get out

There’s no way around it. Getting fit and losing weight takes hard work and dedication. There are no shortcuts on the way to physical fitness. The harder you train and the better you eat the more results you’ll see.

Eating right is a big part of meeting your physical goals but it also goes hand in hand with exercise. The simple fact is that if you want to lose weight, you need to burn off more calories than you consume. This means doing physical activity.

There are two basic forms of exercise, aerobic exercise and resistance or strength training. Aerobic exercise like running, swimming or cycling focuses specifically on raising the heart rate and burning calories and is a good way to jump-start your metabolism. There is also an added bonus to aerobic exercise, in that it can speed up your metabolism for 4 to 8 hours after you stop exercising. So you could have a nap or watch some TV, even twiddle your thumbs while you carry on burning those calories.

Resistance or strength training like weight lifting, or TheraBand™ training does not speed up your metabolism, but rather focuses on burning fat and generating muscle mass.

In order to see the best results a good combination of both aerobic and strength training should be used. In doing so, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

Many health professionals have debated what types of aerobic and strength training programmes work better, what gets the quickest results, what will get you to your goals. But the truth is that everyone is different. Everyone’s body reacts differently to different training regimes and everyone has different needs and goals.

The trick to it is to experiment with each, and the combination of them to see what works best for you. Some people might need a more aerobic-focused programme while others might need a programme to work more on strength and resistance. The trick is finding the balance between the two. Also importantly, find a routine that you enjoy. The more you enjoy your training, the easier it is to push through those really hard days, because there will be some.

 

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