People who exercise usually have measurable goals. These goals may include
weight loss, weight control, improvements in muscle tone, fitness or strength.
Whatever your goals, it is very important that you choose the right type
of exercise in order to reach your potential.
Below we have outlined the type of exercise you can perform with details
on their benefits and the specific movements you will need to do.
Fat burning exercise
Fat burning exercise usually involves aerobic / cardiovascular exercise
(continuous work for 20-45 minutes) using the bodies large muscles groups
(legs, arms and back).
Aerobic exercise requires lots of energy (i.e. calories) - calories that
will over time enable you to drop body fat and improve your body shape.
A good form of aerobic exercise includes walking, jogging, cycling, rowing,
swimming and many more. Aerobic exercise cannot be perform on resistance
machines or free weights.
The benefits of toning exercise (free weights and resistance machine work)
are two fold. Firstly it will enable you to boost your metabolism - this
translates into more body fat burning during aerobic exercise and even fat
burning away from the gym! Secondly, resistance work is the only form of
exercise which will enable you to control the shape of your body - leaner
arms, toned, strong looking legs, flat stomach etc.
Resistance work can be performed in various ways. The main 3 types of resistance
1. Body weight exercises - press up, pull-ups, body weight lunges etc.
2. Resistance machines - leg press, machine bench press, lat pull-down etc.
3. Free weights - squat, bench press, dumbbell curls etc.
For more details on resistance training please see your personal trainer
or ask at your local gym or health club.
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