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Did you know........ the body has 2 types of fat- brown fat and white fat. The white fat of our body is used for energy-storing (bad), brown fat is used for energy-consuming (it's the good one).
It’s a new year and you want to get fit. You’re sick and tired of always being sick and tired. Or maybe you’re an ex-athlete who let work, kids and family obligations get in the way of your health and fitness. You’re health is now suffering and you’re carrying some extra baggage (holidays weight gain!). Whatever the case may be you’re ready to make some changes and reap the benefits of being more fit than you presently are.
I’ve got great news for you. Improving your fitness level is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind and spirit. Research has proven time and time again the many benefits of how improved fitness levels improve your health. You will sleep better. You will have more energy. You will have less aches and pains (maybe not at first). Your digestion will also improve and will improve dramatically if you make a few changes to your diet as well. This is stuff you already know so let it serve as a reminder and motivator to get off the sofa and get moving.
Let’s get started. The first thing you can do is to realistically set some goals. How fit do you really want to be? How much fat do you honestly want to get rid of? Do you need/want to build some lean muscle mass? What does getting fit mean for you?
Everyone has different needs and goals. I’ve never been one for a one size fits all approach. But you gotta have a plan…. write it down.
For some people it might mean going for an hour walk three times a week. For others, it may need to be much more intense and involve running, bicycling, weigh lifting etc. There are some good videos/DVD’s on the market (I personally started using the P90X).
I personally believe most people would do well to get rid of some fat pounds and replace them with some good lean muscle. Muscle helps you burn calories while at rest. Yes you read that correctly.
Don’t get caught up in the trap of only weighing yourself because you can get rid of fat and replace it with muscle and the scale barely changes. The easiest indicators to know if your workouts and new healthy diet are working are to take measurements around your waist and by the way your clothes fit.
A light workout with weights can be beneficial for both men and women. Some women have the fear of building too much muscle and looking manly. Women can avoid that by using light weights and increase the number of repetitions. There are some good sites on the web to help you learn about exercising and weightlifting. Dr. Joseph Mercola has an extensive (over 50,000 pages) archive of articles. One of the best content rich websites I know of. I used the search capability to find this one: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/02/27/shorter-weight-training-very-effective.aspx.
It would be impossible for me to teach you what can take weeks to learn with this one article. For some other good information on workouts check out: http://www.weight-lifting-workout-routines.com/weight-lifting-tips.html.
“Most people do realize that without good health, nothing else matters. Unfortunately, they often don’t make that realization until it is too late.” ~Bill Phillips
“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” ~ Arabian Proverb
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