We get asked a lot of times various questions related to health and fitness. Most common questions are; what are the best methods or ways to workout more efficiently, especially within time restraints.
So we decide to compiled a list of the top 6 questions we receive in hopes it can benefit some of you out there.
What is the best type of cardiovascular exercise to do?
Interval training has been proven to improve cardiovascular fitness and body composition quicker than any other method. It is also a lot more “fun” than running on a treadmill for an hour.
How should I engage in weight training?
The most efficient way is circuit training. You will get maximal growth hormone output and get a great cardio workout at the same time.
At my gym, I see people doing cardio first. Is this the best way?
I would advise you to do a 5-10 minute warm up on a cardio machine such as a treadmill or elliptical to prepare your body for the stress that you are about to put it through. As to whether to do your cardio training or resistance training first, I would say if you are a runner, do cardio first. If you are a bodybuilder, you should hit the weights first. You always get more out of the first part of your workout so you want to focus on that part of training. If you are a housewife, I would mix it up and see which one your body responds to better.
How important are aerobics and fitness classes for weight loss?
If you find that you are more of a social creature and need the motivation of a group, then fitness classes are the way to go. These classes are filled with like-minded people with the same goals: get fit and have fun. If going to fitness classes will get you to remain active and consistent, DO IT!
I don’t have time to workout. What can I do to get fit and lose weight?
If you are short on time, then you should do 3 sets of 50 heavy two-hand kettlebell swings with one minute rest periods. If you need a cardio workout, high intensity Tabata sprints are the way to go. This will only take 8 minutes.
When I work out, I get really sore the next day or so after. What can I do to ease the soreness?
Make sure you are performing a cool down after every workout. Drink 8 ounces of tart cherry juice after every intense workout. This will decrease soreness by decreasing the inflammation markers in your body. Some other things that may help are contrast baths, ice baths, deep tissue massages, foam rolling, and staying hydrated.