Get Fit – Start With Your Heart


Get Fit - Start With Your Heart

Fitness Expert, Frank Sepe, Shares His Tips

 

February was National Heart Health Month, so we put together tips to help you get moving into all the months ahead! According to the American Heart Association, exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease.1

Okay, so you want to get active, but you just don’t know where to start. We asked Master Fitness Trainer, Frank Sepe for some tips on getting physically active. Frank is also the editor-in-chief of MET-Rx magazine.

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Weight Resistance or Cardio – Which is Better?

People often ask, “Which workout is better for me?” This is a difficult question to answer because everyone is different. What common sense tells us, is that people with lean, muscular bodies probably don’t do cardio alone. Weight resistance is an important part of athletic training, whether you are getting in shape for the first time in your life, or if you are an athlete training for a big event. We can all benefit from weight resistance (strength) training.

The most important thing to remember when you are beginning a new routine is that we are reaching for progress, not perfection. In other words, no matter how physically fit you are right now; there is always room for a little improvement. Don’t get discouraged.

Why both Weight Training and Cardio?

We’re sure you are wondering why you need to do both weight training and cardiovascular exercise. The simple answer is that each form of exercise has benefits that you require that the other one doesn’t supply. When combined with a proper nutritional program, weight training together with cardiovascular exercise works synergistically to sculpt your body and burn off unwanted fat.

Fitness experts can debate all day long about which is better, but does anyone really care? People with lean, symmetrical muscular physiques didn’t build their muscles up by doing just cardio alone. There is a reason that every high school, college and pro sports program includes some sort of weight resistance program for athletes. This is where they find the strength needed for performance on the field. This is also how male and female fitness competitors of all sizes and shapes build their symmetrical, lean, muscular physiques.

Weight resistance, otherwise known as strength training, is not about bulking up. Women often voice this concern to me. They hear “weights” and start picturing the rippling muscles of a body-builder. That is not to say that strength training won’t help you build muscle. Of course it will, and this is the desired effect. Lean, sculpted bodies are built with strength training just as those bodybuilders’ massive physiques are built with strength training. The difference is how you train and the fuel you put into your body.

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What About Cardiovascular Exercise?

This is how the majority of athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and weekend warriors lose body fat. By implementing cardiovascular exercise into their program, it helps them shed the unwanted pounds. Still, you want the one-two punch of weight resistance and cardiovascular exercise to be part of your consistent workout program because you need and want the benefits each has to offer. If you want your body to get into shape, remain in shape, and progress in shape then you should be doing both weight training and cardiovascular exercises.

Cardio, healthy nutrition and weight training are the triple threat when it comes to making your waistline smaller and creating that healthy physique that you desire. As a reminder, you should consult with your physician before you begin any diet or exercise program.

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Frank’s exercise tips:
Stay hydrated – make sure you are drinking plenty of water before, during and after physical activity
Dress comfortably – restrictive clothing and improper shoes make movement difficult
Don’t overdo it – you can feel when you are pushing yourself too hard
Workout at a set time every day – mornings work great because you eliminate any excuses. You get up, you workout, you’re ready to start your day
Progress not perfection – every day you strive to get better. We all have room for improvement
Proper nutrition – A sensible diet with a wide variety of foods will help fuel your body for all your activities

1. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/Physical-Activity_UCM_001080_SubHomePage.jsp

The information provided in this newsletter is intended for informational and discussion purposes only and is not intended to substitute specific medical or nutritional advice from a licensed healthcare practitioner. It is strongly recommended that you consult with your physician or other licensed healthcare practitioner before starting any exercise or nutrition program, especially if you have a medical condition.

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