One will tell you to attend an aerobics class. Another will swear by jogging. Yet another will tell you that dance and biking worked for them.
The truth is that there’s really only one effective way to get fit.
Before I get into the details, it’s important that we agree on the definition of ‘fit’. Too often skinny is mistaken for fit, and that’s not what you should strive for.
When someone is skinny, but has very little muscle tissue, they aren’t truly fit.
Here’s why skinny doesn’t equal fit:
- Their body fat percentage will be higher than ideal—even though you won’t see a lot of fat on them, if their muscle percentage is low then fat percentage will be higher.
- Their resting metabolism will be low, since little muscle is present to burn calories at rest.
- Their body won’t be functionally strong, which will lead to injuries and frustrations.
So how does one get truly fit? It’s this simple: Strength Training.
Strength training is when resistance is used to challenge your muscles in order to gain strength and endurance. You could do this with traditional weights, exercise bands, medicine balls, cable machines, sandbags, kettle bells or even just using your own body weight.
Regular strength training has the following side effects…
- Strength and muscle tone
- Cardiovascular capacity
- Speed, Agility and Flexibility
- Resistance to injury and disease
If that’s not enough to convince you that strength training is the only way to truly become fit, then read on…
Top 9 Reasons To Strength Train
1) To Build Muscle and Gain Strength: Don’t worry, ladies. This does NOT mean that you’re going to ‘bulk up’ or look too masculine. What will happen is that your arms, tummy and legs will become tighter, leaner and more defined.
2) To Lose Fat: When it comes to losing size, all that you want to see go is fat, not muscle. Strength training ensures that you maintain and grow those muscles and only lose fat.
3) To Build Strong Bones: The older we get, the more important our bone density is. A good strength training program is one of your best defenses when it comes to osteoporosis.
4) To Alleviate Anxiety, Stress and Depression: Sure there are plenty of pills out there that claim to give these benefits, but you and I both know that strength training is more wholesome and effective way. And besides, who really wants pharmaceutical side effects?
5) To Sleep Better: Here’s another pill you can stop taking once you start strength training. Study after study have proven that strength training improves sleep.
6) To Improve Chronic Back Pain: If you are one of the millions across the globe who suffer from back pain then you’ll love the benefit of lowered pain.
7) To Improve Insulin Sensitivity: Today diabetes is a huge threat. Minimize your risk by improving insulin sensitivity through regular, challenging strength training.
8) To Improve Good to Bad Cholesterol Ratio: Here is yet another pill that you could potentially stop taking while on a strength training routine. Blood pressure and heart health are of utmost concern, so why not give yourself the advantage of a strength training routine?
9) To Raise your Metabolism: This helps to reduce body fat and to keep that body fat off, even on the days that you aren’t able to exercise. Pretty awesome, right?
A solid strength training routine will tone your legs, lift your buns, strengthen your core, and will result in inches and pounds lost.
If you’re ready to begin your body transformation then feel free to reach out to me.
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Why do you want to exercise and get into great shape? Grab onto the first answer that came into your mind. That is your unique reason why.
Your reason could have to do with weight, size, shape, strength, appearance, health, function or longevity. Or it could be about something completely off the wall. Hey, it’s your reason and there are no wrong answers.
This reason is your motivation. It’s the thought that you need to return to whenever you’re feeling discouraged or want to give up. Remind yourself of it often. Write it down and put it where you will see it everyday. If you just don’t quit then you’re bound to succeed.
Slow cooker recipes are a fantastic way to save time and energy while still getting a healthy, fitness-approved meal on the table. This recipe for slow cooker pulled pork wraps takes just a few minutes in the morning, then a few more minutes of prep right before you serve it. No need for carb-filled bread, eat your pulled pork wrapped in lettuce. It tastes awesome and will help you reach your goals faster. Servings: 12 Here’s what you need:
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 (4lb) pork shoulder roast
- 1/2 cup organic chicken broth
- 1 cup organic, sugar-free barbeque sauce
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon or yellow mustard
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 large organic yellow onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 organic red bell pepper
- 1 organic yellow bell pepper
- 1 large organic yellow onion
- 1 head organic romaine lettuce
- Place the olive oil in the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Add the pork roast and pour the chicken broth over it.
- In a medium bowl combine the barbeque sauce, vinegar, Dijon, chili powder, onion, garlic and thyme. Pour over the pork.
- Cover and cook on high for 5 hours and 30 minutes. Once done, remove the pork from the slow cooker, discard the fat and shred the meat with two forks. Return the shredded meat to the juices in the slow cooker, on warm, until ready to serve.
- Thinly slice the bell peppers and remaining onion. Saute in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil. Once very tender, season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
- Serve the pork on large romaine lettuce leaves and top with the tender peppers and onions. Enjoy!
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 368 calories, 19g fat, 218mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 28g protein
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