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The Purpose of Exercise

Why do we exercise?

Most people think the reason we exercise is simply to burn calories. The true purpose is to send messages to the body requesting enhanced physical capabilities, while sending a repetitive message to the body, asking for improvement in metabolism, strength, and aerobic (lung) capacity.  Watch this video to learn more.

These are some of the effects of exercise (Weight Training) on your body:

  • Increases insulin sensitivity (then you won’t need as much insulin -a WIN for fat loss!!)
  • Increases muscle mass. Fat is burned in the muscle. More muscle=more fat is burned!
  • Increases testosterone & HGH anabolic hormones.
  • Increases glycogen storage (more places you can put glucose, the less gets stored as fat)
  • Increases lung capacity allowing for more oxygen. Fat only burns w/ oxygen.  More Oxygen = more fat burn!
  • Increases resting metabolic rate (your body has to restore its core temp and repair tiny muscle tears.) Speeding up metabolism lowers citrate levels, thus lowering fat production.
  • Decreases cellulite (by moving lymph system)
  • Reduces stress and lowers Cortisol, decreasing fat storage and appetite.
  • Sweating is an excretory function (Detox! Kidneys don’t have to do all the work)
  • Lipase enzymes are activated by heat. They break up fat to feed to the working muscle to burn instead of sugar. Continues up to 15 hrs!

My Fitness Program

With my program, you weight train 3 days a week for a one hour session, alternating muscle groups between upper body and lower body ever other session.  Important to remember:  the Purpose of exercise is to not burn as many calories as you can in one training session, but to stimulate your muscles to burn calories when you’re resting!

It’s also important to note, my program doesn’t involve any crazy tire turning over, jumping, Cross Fit type exercises that have a greater chance for injury. We use weights to stimulate a specific muscle, that muscle breaks down and repairs at rest, greatly improving your metabolism.  With my method, we do opposing muscles every other set so there’s little rest in between sets, this gets your heart rate up, so you’re really doing cardio while weight (strength) training. It’s the best of both worlds!

With this method of training, in 3 one-hour workouts a week, you burn calories every hour of the week (168 hours) as your body is recovering/healing from your workouts.   You can do additional cardio in between days as an option if you like.  Cardio has its place, but why not “kill two birds with one stone” and get your strength training and cardio all in one workout?  Imagine what you could do with an extra four hours a week.

Contact me to set up a free appointment to discuss your health and fitness goals.

Purpose Of Exercise

 

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