Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Finding the right frequency

A common question people ask is "How often do I need to exercise?"

Well, the truth is there isn't a frequency which works perfectly for everyone. You would need to first determine where you stand and what your goal is in terms of body weight. Also the amount of exercise one requires would depend on their current lifestyle. How active or inactive they are in their everyday life. © 2014

Having said that however, it's probably safe to assume that for the average person who works an inactive nine-to-five job, and is looking to lose bodyfat and tone up their muscles, a one hour workout four times a week should yield results.  

I would always recommend adding at least ten to fifteen minutes of cardiovascular exercise before hitting the weights. This allows the joints, tendons and muscles to warm up before applying resistance. Treadmill is my personal favorite, but cross-trainer, seated rowing or stationery bike are all fine. 

If you're looking to drop more weight then it's a good idea to include thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise on your off days. That will increase your weekly caloric consumption without negatively influencing the recovery from weight training. 

Now if you've set your mind on a workout regime just make sure you are in fact hitting every muscle group. Workouts are not just about burning calories, it's equally important to increase the blood circulation all around the body. 

You need to also think in terms of health and not just aesthetics... Now go get fit!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

You can't take fitness out of the boy

Although it's been quite a few years since I last worked as a fitness model, I never totally disconnected from that world. The fitness world that is, the magazine workouts and physique modeling is now something of the past for me, although it was a truly amazing time.

Photo by Keith Munyan for Men's Workout Magazine in Los Angeles, California

I first stepped into a gym when I was fourteen years old, and for two decades (which now reminds me how old I'm getting) I have always kept up my three to four workouts a week as well as a daily healthy nutritional plan. I don't workout with the same intensity as I did in my early to mid twenties, and my diet is a lot less taxing than it was in those days, however the foundation is the same. 

So, why the title "You can't take fitness out of the boy" you ask? Well, quite frankly I'm still very passionate about health and fitness. I always believed that unless you're healthy and fit it's very hard to feel good about yourself and be genuinely happy.

No matter what you achieve in your professional life, if you can't look at yourself in the mirror each day and feel good about it, then you're simply using your achievements to mask your personal insecurities.

So, along with my other blog "It's All About Romance" where I discuss general philosophical issues,  I decided it was time to launch this blog titled "It's All About Fitness" to share my beliefs and all that I have learned about keeping healthy and fit throughout the last twenty years.

There will not be a particular order in which topics will be posted, simply because I like to write through inspiration, however you can be sure that I will discuss everything related to health and fitness, revealing all my secrets for staying in shape 365 days a year, and more importantly healthy and  always in good spirit.

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