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Best Types of Exercise for Losing Fat

So you walk into the gym, hop on the elliptical and start pedaling away for the next hour. You put your headphones in and try to forget about the fact that you are even exercising in the first place with your face in your phone watching Netflix. You assume that just being at the gym and doing cardio is what will help you lose those stubborn 10 lbs, but you’re wrong.

Doing the same cardio in the gym day after day is going to eventually cause you to stop losing weight. This is because of adaptation; which means over time the body gets used to the stress you are putting on it and starts to adapt and change. This adaptation is what will cause your weight loss to stall, but there are ways to get around it…change your routine! Here are a few different types of exercise that are great for losing body fat!

Resistance Training

Resistance training is the best type of exercise for burning body fat and changing your physique. This is because it allows you to build muscle. Building muscle not only burns fat, during the moderate intensity exercise, but also allows you to burn more calories at rest. Muscle is a lot harder to innervate than fat, so it takes more energy for the body to function. This extra energy comes in the form of calories and therefore burning more at rest! Not to mention resistance training is going to help give you a “toned” look you might be wanting to achieve.

HIIT

High intensity interval training is a great way to burn calories, in a short amount of time! Interval training is an intense bout of exercise followed by a longer rest period to allow you ro recover before doing it again. HIIT sessions should only last 5-12 minutes, but should be extremely intense! This can be done in the form of plyometrics, biking, sprinting etc. High intensity training allows you to burn a lot of calories during the session because of the heart rate intervals, but it also helps you burn calories all day. This is because it raises your EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) which means your body is in “recovery” all day trying to get your body back to its resting rate. So it’s a win – win…short duration with HUGE benefits!

Both of these exercise techniques should be added into your training routine on a daily basis if fat loss is your goal. They have amazing benefits not only for losing fat, but also for overall health. HIIT helps with heart health and blood circulation and resistance training helps you build muscle which helps with daily activities. Exercise is a tool that should regularly be changed up, not only for adaptation but also for sanity. Doing the same thing over and over again gets boring and may cause you to lose interest in exercise, so keep things interesting!

5 Dance-Inspired Moves For a Fit Summer Body

Summer is almost here. Now is the time when we ask ourselves why we had those extra calories all winter. Everyone faces this dilemma. Even dancers, who work at their craft all year must take a serious look at their bodies to determine if there is an area that needs attention.

In this post, we will explain five great dance moves that will help you tone up for your beachwear. Before we do, we must address your shoes. Sneakers for dancers are not the same as sneakers for everyday wear. They look cool, and some are glam and glitter. But these shoes are a tool. They are the tool that will protect your feet and other parts of the body.

Imagine for a moment, you are in the middle of a dance routine. You are using all the muscles in your body for a perfect performance. But, when it is time to turn, your shoes stick to the floor. They do not slide with your body’s momentum. You will be injured. It is a matter of where and to what extent. But, you will be injured.
10-minute pro workout

Benjamin Allen is a professional dancer and choreographer. He has developed a 10-minute work. We will not say it is easy, but there are no complicated steps. Once your body has adjusted, you will be marching toward fitness. These workouts tones and strengthen the legs, thighs, pelvis area. They will also rejuvenate your abs. You will burn a lot of calories, work your abs, leg, backside, and arms. For a video on how to use this workout, click here.

Apple Pickers Arm Toning

Stand with your legs open and even with the shoulders. Extend both arms above your head. Bring your arms down (at the same time) until they are bent at the elbow and you are holding them in a “U” formation.

While you bring your elbows down to a bed, raise your left leg. Your left leg should be raised enough that the knee is almost touching the elbow. Repeat with the right leg. As you get the hang of it, your body will reward you. Continue for 5-10 minutes
.You can work up to that point.

Feet Raised Tummy Tuck

Lay flat on your back (no pillow.) place your arms at each side of your body. Raise both feet about 4-6 inches above the bed. While you are holding your feet off the beds, hold.

This is a great exercise to help you get in shape. You can do this in bed before you get up, or at night before sleep. Or, you can do it on the floor using an exercise mat.

Pull in your stomach as far as you can. Imagine you are trying to get your belly to touch your backbone. Hold this pose to a count of 5. Relax, and then go again. Every day or two you should get stronger and you should add a number. When you have gotten to the number 10, you are doing well

Tip: you can tone your stomach muscles all day. While you are driving, walking, or working pull in your stomach in as far as it will go. Count to then relax. This will tighten your muscles and take inches off your waist.

The Elevator

There is more to having a sexy body than having a flat tummy. When you slip into your bikini, your legs, back, bottom and arms are exposed. The “Elevator” addresses all of these areas.

Stand with your feet apart to the width of your shoulders. This dance move is usually done as part of the choreography, but it is not done repeatedly as you will do for exercise.

You will put all your weight on one leg. Bend the other leg and raise your knee. At the same time lower your chest to try to touch your knee. You will repeat this to a count of 10, or do 5 on each leg and 5 on the other.

Tip: while you are doing this move, the bent leg should never touch the floor.

The Balance

The balance is also known as the “waltz.” It is a three-step combination in which the dancer steps to the side with one foot, lifts onto the ball of the second foot from behind /the ankle, then replaces weight on the ball of the first foot to begin again on the other side. Here is a tutorial for the balance. Please note, with practice you can do this with handstands and forearms.

Warning! Your Rest Days Could Be Ruining Your Gains

If you set aside a couple of days per week to rest and recover from your workouts, then you’re on the right path. Generally, the concept of a rest day is a good idea and will benefit you. It’s not healthy to workout every single day, you’ll overtrain and damage your muscles, leading to no gains at all.

I won’t have a go at you for being a tad confused here already. Clearly, the title says that rest days could be ruining your gains. But, I just said they were good…so…what’s all that about then? The keyword in all of this is ‘could’. Your rest days could be ruining gains, but only when they’re not used properly.

Now, you will be surprised to know how many people wrongly use their rest days. Which is hilarious considering how easy a rest day should be for you. All you really have to do is rest and recover, how can you possibly go wrong? Well, I’ve written this article to show you some of the bad things you might do on your rest days that lead to a lack of gains in the future. Give them a read, and follow any advice that might help you stop doing the wrong thing.

Eating Too Much

The thing about a rest day is that you shouldn’t do much physical activity at all. As a consequence, you won’t burn many calories on these days, but that’s okay! This only becomes an issue when your food intake is large. I know so many people that sit at home on a rest day and just binge eat. They think it’s a chance to have a cheat day and just fuel up on food ready for their workout the following day.

The logic behind this is fairly well thought out, so I’ll give you credit if you do this. To prepare for your next set of workouts, you consume a lot of calories and carbs to provide more energy and get you nice and refuelled. A bit like stopping your car overnight and filling up the tank, right? However, as I said, you aren’t burning many calories on a rest day, so all that food is just going to pile on, with very few calories coming off. It makes it harder to lose weight and could be why you’re not doing so. Instead, you need to follow a low calorie diet, particularly on rest days. Try and reduce the calories, even more, when you aren’t working out. This prevents any unnecessary calorie overloading and will keep you on the right path to fitness success.

Doing Your Cardio

Bizarrely, quite a few people set aside their rest days for cardio. I know, it doesn’t make any sense, it’s not a rest day if you’re exercising. People do this as they think you only need a rest from generic training. If you train using weights, then cardio counts as a rest, correct?

No, it doesn’t. You’re still working your muscles, you’re still putting your body through some tough work, it’s not a rest. You’ll run the risk of overtraining, which is exactly what you should avoid by taking a rest day. Do cardio either on the same day as your regular workouts or on another day. Rest on your rest day, don’t work out in any way!

Not Stretching

So, there are certain things you’re doing that you shouldn’t be doing, and there’s one thing you need to do that maybe you aren’t. Stretching is essential if you want to keep your muscles healthy and feel less sore. If you lengthen your muscles, you become more flexible, less prone to injuries, and will see more gains in general.

You should set aside time during your rest days to really go through a full body stretching and mobility routine. The reason you do it on your rest day is because you should have a good hour or so spare where you’d normally work out. Get a solid stretching session in to prepare your body for your workouts and keep it in good health.

After reading this, it’s maybe more apparent how your rest day can go totally wrong. If you’re eating loads, still doing workouts, and not stretching, then you’ve really messed up your rest day. I can’t stress enough how important one or two proper rest days per week will help you. Use them properly, or you will see issues with your gains. If you feel like you’ve maybe hit a wall recently, then this could be the problem.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Take The Pain Out Of Getting Trim and Toned

Anyone who says losing weight and getting in shape is painless is a liar – or are they? The fact is that often the process of shedding those extra pounds and building up our fitness levels is a long road and one that takes a lot of time, hard work and effort. However, just because taking your body from doughy to trim and perfectly toned can be painful; that doesn’t mean it has to be. The fact is, you can get in much better shape without the stress and hard work that comes with a lot of programs; it’s just a case of knowing what steps you need to take, that’s all. Don’t believe that it is possible to take the pain out of getting trim and toned? Then prepare to be proved wrong – read on for all the best hacks for getting in shape without the pain.

Stand and work

The more you are on your feet each day, the more calories you will burn. If you have a job where you tend to sit for most of the day, it is worth considering swapping to a standing desk. Admittedly, this will only equate to burning an extra 20 calories or so an hour compared to sitting, but over time, it all adds up. If you work for six hours a day, five days a week, using a standing desk will mean that you burn an extra 600 calories per week. Plus, standing will help to tone your legs, bum, and stomach, so on top of burning the extra calories, standing while you work will also increase your body’s toning.

Cooking from scratch is so last year

While cooking from scratch is all well and good, in today’s hectic world it’s not always doable, is it? That’s why it’s easier to opt to follow a diet and fitness plan provided by a specialist company that offers ready made, healthy, calorie-controlled meals. This will make eating healthy (and consuming fewer calories) much easier. Obviously, before you sign up for a certain diet plan, it’s worth looking online for an in-depth diet review of the company and their products, to ensure that it will meet your dietary needs. Cooking from scratch can work well when you’re on a diet, but it’s just too time-consuming for most people.

Tone here, there and everywhere

Don’t leave toning up for the gym, instead aim to tone wherever you are, whatever you are doing. When you are cleaning the house (a task that can burn hundreds of calories each time); tense your stomach and buttocks muscles, to help improve how toned your body is. To tone up your legs and buttocks, always take the stairs at speed, and never use an elevator or escalator. Tone your biceps at your desk by doing bicep curls with a water bottle while you are at work – do this for just a week and you will notice a difference. While watching your favorite TV shows workout – whether that’s with toning pilates exercises, weight lifting, or planking, it doesn’t matter, just make sure to take advantage of this time to tone, instead of being a couch potato.

The fact is that getting trim and toning up is never going to be easy. However, you can take some of the pain out of it by making the process easier to do and simpler to fit into your daily routine.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

“Targeted” Weight Loss Is A Myth

We all have an area of our body that we’re not happy with. Or, particularly not happy with.

For some, it’s the classics. You wish your waist was more nipped in, that your hips were narrower, that your upper arms were tauter. Perhaps you wish for slimmer thighs or a jawline that’s tight to the bone.

For others, it’s the less obvious areas. A slimmer upper back, so bra straps glaze effortlessly over the skin rather than creating the dreaded ‘back fat’. Perhaps you think your wrists should be more slender, or you daydream of the perfect neck nape that can arch like a swan.

We all have these areas – it’s one of the most uniting things, in fact. While you may be generally satisfied with the rest of your body, there’s always something that stands out as being in need of attention.

The Myth of “Targeted Weight Loss”

Unfortunately, the fact that these concerns are fairly universal opens them up to exploitation. There are more than enough unscrupulous companies who will take this knowledge and decide to run with it, offering a solution – in exchange for a lot of money, of course – that can conquer our body demon area once and for all.

With this problem, the snake-oil style sales tactics focus on the idea of “targeted weight loss”. They will sell you a product or a vegetable (lest we forget that the lobbying industry for vegetables is very much a thing – how else would a nonentity like kale have gone from an unknown to a must-have?) that is going to be able to target a specific area of your body.

Eat tomatoes to limit your stomach fat!

Fed up of your upper arms? You need yams!

And so on and so forth.

Some Of The Hype Is Based In Reality

Sometimes, what’s being advertised is a positive thing. Telling people to eat more tomatoes is never a bad thing; they’re extremely nutritious and many of the compounds they contain will help with fat loss. But there’s no way of helping with a certain area. It just doesn’t exist, it’s not possible, that’s not how the human body works.

It’s equivalent to those painkillers that tell you that they are for a specific type of pain, such as headaches or period pain. That’s marketing nonsense (and Australia, for example, have banned them as a result). It’s the same with diet and foods; they can’t target a particular area.

So What Does Work?

If you have a defined concern, then you should address it first and foremost through diet. There’s no doubt that general calorie control coupled with these weight loss ideas can help reduce your overall intake and improve your nutrition, which is the first step to tackling a stubborn area.

With that ticked off, target an area through exercise rather than diet. Research specific toning exercises for the area you’re concerned about, listen to your body energy levels and then try to do them regularly. It might not be an exciting, cure-all answer, but it’s a method that has one preference over the wild claims…

… It will actually work.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Get Your Body in Shape by Summer

Now that we are finally closing the door on winter, we are starting to think about the summer months. After all, summer is when we can finally get our short sleeved tops and shorts out of the wardrobe again. And we tend to take our main holiday in the summer months! And this means we will have to get our beach body in check. But is it too late to be in shape by summer? A lot of people think that they won’t be able to get their dream shape by the time the sun arrives. But it can be a possibility, so don’t give up. Here are some ways you can get your body in shape by summer.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Awesome Workouts To Bust The Bulge

We all know what the drill is when it comes to calorie control, cutting out alcohol and getting rid of sugar from our diet. But if you want to build muscle, get rock hard abs and thighs you can crack nuts with, you’re going to have to put in some cardio. Most of us hate the idea of a boring aerobic workout or a typical circuit training session. So why not blast your way to an excellent workout with cardio that thinks outside the box and works on your exercise motivation? Here are our top methods on how to burn fat fast, bust the bulge and tone up.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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