Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Guest Post: An Efficient Approach to Getting in Shape

Hello Hump Day readers! I hope yours has started better then mine?
I was greeted with a parking ticket, JOY!

My fault so I wont dwell! Today I will have 2 posts up for you to enjoy. The first is a guest post from a fellow blogger. Akin writes a fitness and nutrition blog called Ten Repetitons. If you like to know and read about health, working out and nutrition pop over there to have a read!
Over to you Akin:

Guest Blog | An Efficient Approach to Getting in Shape

Tamzin will tell you that one of the most important aspects of getting a balanced body that you can be happy with is nutrition. Throughout Salad and Sequins there are dozens of examples of creative, tasty and healthy meals that will get you on your way to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

I wanted to take a moment to share with you my views on the other side of the coin, that I believe should be given at least a little bit of thought.

Having studied around the topics of sport and nutrition for around 8 years, I’ve come to learn a thing or two about changing your physical appearance through nutrition and physical activity. I confess to not being the professor of all things lifestyle related but hopefully my views will at least give you some ideas about how you can approach your own goals.

When I go to the gym I see a ton of cardio machines which for the most part are dominated by females. When I turn the corner to the weight section it becomes a very male dominated environment. One of the common misconceptions for women and weight training is that if they lift weights they’ll wind up looking like their male counterparts in the weights section of the gym.

Fortunately, this simply isn’t true, mostly because of the hormone differences between a man and a woman. In short, testosterone levels in women are not nearly high enough to develop bulging muscles. With that in mind let’s use the female Olympic athletes from the summer’s games as an example. Imagine the distance runners. The majority of their training time is spent doing cardio as this is the aspect of fitness they need to be successful. If we then look at the sprinting and jumping athletes, in order for them to be successful, they must be strong and explosive so a large part of their training involves weight bearing exercise. When we look at the difference in body shape we’ll see that though both are quite low in fat the distance runners take on a long and thin physique whilst the sprinters and jumpers take on a more shapely physique. Of course these are extremes but the point I’m trying to make is that muscle shouldn’t be feared and that lots of cardio in your workout won’t necessarily get you the ideal body.

Weight training will increase your metabolism and give the calories you consume the job of repairing sore muscles. Immediately that’s less calories that go on to be stored as fat. If you really like cardio, I recommend doing it after resistance work. You may have heard that fat isn’t really burnt in the first 20-30 minutes of cardio. This is because the body will spend its energy stores before burning fat. Doing resistance work first will spend those energy stores whilst laying the foundations for a shapely physique. Any cardio done after resistance work should tap straight in to the fat burning cycle as immediate energy reserves will be reduced.

Give it a try for a while and see how you get on. You might just like your results!

I’d like to thank Tamzin for the opportunity to share my musings with her readers. If you’d like to know more about me or have questions about physical exercise, get in contact with Tamzin or contact me through my blog Ten Repetitions

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