I’m sure you’ve heard of the fight-or-flight response, and you probably know that it’s the way your body reacts to danger or stress. But do you know what the fight-or-flight response is? It has to do with hormones. When you’re faced with a danger, your adrenal glands release three hormones: norepinephrine, epinephrine (also known as adrenaline), […]
Remember that one pound is 3,500 calories. Many times people don’t realize that their active metabolic rate isn’t that high above the calories they are consuming. For example: if your body is burning 1,400 calories a day without fitness, then you add the elliptical in and every other day your total calorie burn is 1,600, […]
No matter what fitness goal you have — to get more fit, build muscle, rapidly enhance your conditioning, burn fat, and so on — you want to train with intensity. When you work at a greater intensity, ideally 85% of your maximum heart rate, your body actually burns more fat calories overall, as well as […]
Weight maintenance is something that confuses a lot of people. They often feel if they don’t continue to work as hard and diet as fastidiously, they will gain the weight back. This is not the case. While you should still count calories, eat healthy food, and continue to exercise you don’t have to be so […]
Afterburn describes the boost your metabolism gets after a workout; in technical terms it refers to your body’s post-exercise oxygen consumption. It’s what helps you continue to burn calories at a faster rate — and it can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 48 hours, depending on the intensity and duration of your workout.
There is nothing more discouraging than stepping on the scale after a week of diligent dieting and grueling workouts and not seeing any drop in the number. The plateau is a common problem among dieters and can typically be waited out, but there are measures you can take to keep your metabolism fired up […]
Do you have what it takes to reach your weight-loss goals? If you think it’s all about diet and exercise, you’re wrong. Exercise and a proper diet are crucial to all weight-loss and fitness programs. But to reach any long-term goal — especially one that requires a major lifestyle change — you need to improve […]
Ever hear the expression “Nothing changes if nothing changes”? If you do the same resistance routine the same way week after week, the day will come when your body will have adapted to that particular workload. In terms of weight loss, that’s not a good thing. If your body isn’t challenged beyond its comfort zone, […]
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