Time to Think “Outside the Box”.

Posted on 18. Nov, 2012 by in Uncategorized

I have been in the Fitness Industry for over 9 years.  I love my continuing education classes for an opportunity to learn more, attending conferences and reading almost everything I can get my hands on. I partake in online forums with other like minded professionals. However, in the past week, I have been given some great insight and advice from friends and clients.

While we were out hiking, one friend told me she had heard and read about women over 45 yrs old needing to jump start their metabolism and fight the creeping weight gain.  She had been advised to raise her calorie intake by about 200-300 calories for 3 days in a row. To get the body out of the “starvation fear” cycle.  Raising your calories for a few days gets your body into a comfort zone that you are not going to withhold calories. After the third day, you return to your lower calorie intake and after 3-4 weeks you are able to lose and fight off those creeping lbs. Change up the days you increase your caloric intake. If you  allow yourself Mon/Tue/Wed for higher calories, after 3 weeks, make those higher days Fri/Sat/Sun. In the process of trying this program and am actually seeing a difference!

The other great advice I received on the stairmaster last week. A friend and I were chatting while grinding out our cardio.  She has started a new program to double her regular mileage on a new cardio machine.  It does require almost doubling your cardio time. However, the longer burn and added mileage makes you feel stronger and really pushes your heart rate into some endurance cardio, which for a number of us, is a good thing. When was the last time you challenged your cardio and didn’t just “punch the clock”. When was the last time you up’d your challenge level? Did longer than the 30 minutes? Broke a sweat longer than 10 minutes? I have been trying this for the past few days, and feel so great! Suggestion, not a good idea to do this on a hot yoga day or a day when you haven’t slept well the night before.  You need to be strong, lots of ADP and energy.

How to handle this longer cardio time? Load that Ipod with new upbeat running songs, watch a holiday movie on your Ipad, download an audio book onto your Ipod, Ipad or smart technology.

I love learning and trying new ideas. Keep them coming.

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