Exercise plays a huge part in the reduction of stress - but is it always a case of 'more is better'?
Is there such a thing as exercising too much? Can our bodies become stressed from exercising too often or for too long?
MYPT Running Coach, Therapist and Personal Trainer Bea takes a closer look at this issue...
The world is made up of different types of people. It’s what makes this planet such an amazing place to live. Personality, taste, preferences, cultural background, upbringing, beliefs all differ greatly from person to person. Even those within the same family.
So is it any wonder that when it comes to exercise, there’s so many different styles and variations out there, each with it’s own tribe of loyal followers?!
In gyms all around the world there are thousands of people doing hundreds of sit-ups, crunches, v sits and a wide range of ab exercises hoping to lose the fat from the belly.
We get asked this question all the time. The thought process for many people is that if we do 100 sit ups then we will lose body fat from the belly. Simple!... Or maybe not?
Over the years, we’ve helped all kinds of clients achieve some truly incredible transformations.
We’ve seen weight lost, fat lost, inches lost. We’ve seen lean muscle gain, energy gain and motivation gain. Every client who works with us, benefits from expert coaching, accountability, support from some of the finest Personal Trainers in the industry.
We provide you with education, answers to your questions and peace of mind that you’re doing all you can to achieve incredible long-term results.
You’ve probably seen this guy wearing a weighted vest, performing crazy exercise after crazy exercise at an intensity that makes you feel shattered just watching him.
He’ll probably hit the sauna for 30 minutes straight after his workout just to sweat out the last of the damage from the weekend.
His intentions are fine. There’s even some reasoning and theory behind it. All of us – including us PT’s - have all thought the same at some point too.
When it comes to fat loss, just about every fitness professional, nutritionist and diet coach is in agreement that energy balance is the number 1 determining factor. For the most part, we’re playing a game of numbers: eat less than you burn day-in, day out and you will lose weight. Consistently eat more than you burn and, yep you guessed it, you’ll gain weight!
Here are 3 strategies people often use to lose weight – together with a brief review of the benefits and pitfalls:
If you’ve been following our blogs for a while, you’ll probably well aware of the emphasis we place on resistance training for fat loss; resistance training for muscle build; heck – resistance training for just about everything!
If you’re looking to burn a significant amount of fat and do this consistently, then resistance training trumps just about everything out there. It’s also incredible for general health and wellness, posture, sports performance.
So as you’ll understand from our blogs up to this point, losing fat comes down to energy balance – the number of calories we eat vs the number of calories we burn.
If you have these numbers consistently the right way around then you should see the changes you’re hoping for translate to the scales soon enough.
Understanding ‘what goes in’ (I.e. your calories from food) is relatively straight forward. Food companies are all now required by law to clearly display calories, ingredients, ratios and make-up on their food labels.
Look everywhere at the moment and you can’t fail to see adverts, articles, facebook pages all championing the benefits of diets such as Weight Watchers, Slimming World and Herbalife.
You may even be on one of these diets yourself, or know somebody who is right now.
We hear it all the time don't we: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, “Eat breakfast to boost metabolism”.
But is breakfast really that important? Is skipping meals really as bad as they say it is for your metabolism? Could skipping breakfast actually make you fat?