FITNESS TIPS

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MYTH: LIFTING WEIGHTS MAKE WOMAN BULKY

WHILE it is true that lifting weights does promote hypertrophy in your muscles, but the idea of bulking up does NOT come from lifting weights! You are SHAPING your body, not making it bigger. The only way to bulk up your body is by your diet and increasing your calories to consume much more than you burn.

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HOW TO GET RID OF THE POST BABY POOCH

First and foremost, understand that it took 9 months to develop a pooch, it will take time but IT IS possible. Basic ab workouts will NOT work. What WILL work is getting rid of complex carbs in your diet and sticking to simple carbs. Eat several small meals a day. LOTS of cardio, you need to focus on burning calories. Walk on a high incline for about 45 minutes a day. Be patient with your body.

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HOW MUCH CARDIO AND WEIGHTS YOU SHOULD DO

This can depend on what your fitness goals are but if your goal is to lose body fat and tone up than I would focus on strength training 4-5x a week and 1 day for just a cardio based workout. Just sticking to cardio workouts will help you lose weight but will not help burn the body fat and boost your metabolism. I personally strength train 5 days a week. 1 of those days will include a 30 minute high incline walk on a treadmill for cardio. Day 6 is for a strength and conditioning HIIT that is no more than 30 minutes and day 7 is for recovery.

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HOW SORE SHOULD YOU BE AFTER A WORKOUT

Typically 24-48 hours after your workout and last about 3-4 days. This happens when you challenge your body to do something it is not accustomed to. Muscle soreness is great however, make sure you're not over doing it because this can lead to injury. Feeling significant soreness every day means you're not giving your body a recovery day. Allow your muscles to adapt to the training load and to heal.