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And The Best Exercise Is…

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Guess what? There really is no ‘best exercise.’ Fads exercises will always come and go, but the best thing for your body is that you are consistently active. Workout regularly and remember that your body needs to be challenged in order to reach your desired goals.

Don’t get hung up on fad exercises—be a stickler for consistency instead! The two greatest factors influencing your success are intensity and consistency. They greater of the two (and most difficult) is consistency.

How to Eat to Grow Bigger and Stronger

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477940229When it comes to physical fitness, your diet plays a huge role in your overall physique. If you want to gain muscle and strength, it is important to eat the right foods. Keep reading for some tips on how to change your diet to optimize this growth:

Eat More Calories

If you want to get bigger, you have to eat more calories than you burn. You do not want to go too far with your eating, however, or you might also gain some unwanted fat. You have to find the proper balance for your body to gain muscle without increasing your fat. Try to get about 40-60 grams of protein at every meal and 40-80 grams of carbs. Limit your amount of dietary fat unless it is healthy fats like nuts or fatty fish. If you need help figuring out the right way to eat, you might want to talk to a personal trainer.

Pay Attention to When You Eat

Your meal times can also affect your muscle growth. If you want to truly bulk up, you should eat larger meals for breakfast and immediately after you train. During these times, your muscles need the most calories. If you manage to consume calories during this time, you can successfully build muscle without adding any more pounds of fat to your frame.

Lower Carb Intake on Non-Training Days

Do not make the mistake of eating the same amount of carbohydrates on the days when you do not train. Eating carbs when you do not train could put you at risk for developing extra body fat around your lower back and your midsection. Talk to your personal trainer about the amount of carbs you should be eating on your rest days to continue to build muscle without increasing fat.

Tucson’s Personal Training Institute is here to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Choose from one of our personal training programs to work toward the body that you want. To learn more about our programs, visit us online or call (520) 297-8280.

Cardio Ideas for People Who Hate Cardio

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86496811Cardio is an important element of a physical fitness routine, but it is not always fun to do. If you are looking for a way to add some fun into your cardio routine, keep reading for some ideas on how to start:

Add Music

Running on the treadmill without any kind of distraction can be monotonous. If you add some music to your treadmill time, though, it instantly makes it more fun to get in your weekly cardio. Create a fun and upbeat playlist for your next cardio session so you can inspire yourself to get moving and burn some major calories.

Mix It Up

One way to enhance any kind of workout is to add variety. If you tend to get bored easily, you will not enjoy the same old cardio routine all the time. Work with a personal trainer to find some variety for your cardio routines. When you can mix it up and always find something new, it keeps you motivated to keep going back to the gym.

Try High-Intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training revolves around bursts of super intense physical activity followed by periods of rest. When you do high-intensity interval training, you can be more efficient with your cardio intervals, burn more fat, and increase your heart heath. You do not need any equipment to burn serious amounts of calories and you can focus on losing fat instead of muscle. High-intensity interval training helps you speed up your metabolism and take your cardio routine to new locations.

If you need help reaching your fitness goals, Tucson’s Personal Training Institute offers you the one-on-one fitness and nutrition that you need to find success. Our trainers can work with you to find exercises that help you burn fat, build muscle, and get stronger than you ever thought possible. To learn more about our training programs, visit us online or call (520) 297-8280.