Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I work out?
Working out depends on your fitness levels and, of course, your goals. Please consult one of our certified personal trainers to assess your needs!
How do I know how much weight I should be lifting?
The weight depends on individual capabilities and desired results that you are looking for.
Are abdominal exercises effective if I want to lose extra fat around my stomach?
Abdominal exercises are there to help strengthen those muscles. To effectively lose abdominal fat, it is essential to say “the insulin meter” is to eat healthily. Please consult one of our nutritionists for professional advice or one of our trainers to guide you on some fitness tips to trim the midsection.
How many calories are burned while walking or jogging one mile?
It all depends on the weight of the person and the intensity. The more one weighs, the more calories burned. The intensity depends on how fast you are moving and the incline you are using, such as flat ground, downhill or uphill. Now everyone knows that uphill takes more effort, resulting in more calories being burned.
I have been working out for a while now and stopped losing weight. What is happening?
In fitness terms, your body reaches a plateau. The body adapts, which is the nature of the game. This means that your body has recorded on a cellular level, and your exercising is no longer sufficient. It is time to rev up the workout and challenge the body.
How many calories does it take to burn one pound of fat?
Simply put, 1 pound of fat equals 3500 calories. Therefore, a reasonable cut of 500 to 1000 calories per day by either cutting out food or exercising the calories off will take anywhere 3.5 to 7 days to shed off 1 pound of fat.
I have no time to exercise, what can I do?
There are ways to sneak in some exercise. You can park your car far away from the entrance and walk, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, biking, walking or running to the office versus taking the vehicle. Lunch breaks are also a perfect time to sneak in a workout. Seek one of our professionals to get tips and ideas to help you continue or begin the fitness journey.
Source to the above questions: A Healthier Michigan
Answers provided by our trainer Anna Duncan.
Questions by topic.
Warm-up: planning your workout
Is working out in the morning better for you?
The morning is always best if you can before eating. The body is empty from the night before, and you are directly targeting fat loss and not calorie burning for ingesting food.
Should I approach my sessions with a plan?
Depending on the goals you are trying to achieve and reasonable goals, it is good to keep telling yourself that these are baby steps. Try getting an evaluation from one of our professionals to see what plan could work for you!
Do I need to work out every day?
Depending on your fitness level and the desired goals you are seeking.
How long do I need to work out for?
For beginners, 20minutes 3 times per week is a great start. Getting comfortable with a new routine is important. Once this is achieved, you are on your way to the next steps.
Do I need to vary my workout to see results?
Absolutely! Your body gets used to the same workout. Having said that, have you ever notice some individuals doing same workout for years do not see changes. On a positive note, at least they are moving their bodies for a healthier lifestyle versus surfing the sofa.
Let’s go: during your workout
How do I get a six-pack?
Getting a six pack is not easy unless you were born with amazing genetics. With lots of hard work and commitment, achievements can happen. Consult a trainer to get your assessment.
What type of training do I need to do to increase muscle mass?
Depending on your genetics, height and body frame will determine what is needed to get the results you want.
What type of training do I need to do to lose weight?
To lose weight, interval training is great. Cardiovascular workouts helps to speed the process of fat loss.
What type of training do I need to get stronger?
Resistance training helps one to gain strength. Depending on your starting strength can help assess the needs to start or continue your journey.
Cool down: after your workout
How often do I need to rest?
This depends on your fitness level. If you recover quickly, that means either you are in fantastic shape or the workout was not strenuous enough.
When should I stretch and how often?
Stretching depends on the tightness or the flexibility of an individual. Make sure you are warmed up before stretching to avoid injury.
What’s the best way to help sore muscles?
After a workout, it is important to take a vitamin C. Please make sure you have consulted a health professional before taking anything. Also, it is important to consume a certain amount of protein daily to help muscles get stronger.
How and when do I need to use a foam roller?
A foam roller can be used before or after a workout to help increase elasticity, range of motion and circulation. Using one will help you move better during workouts protecting one from possible injuries to a certain point. Post-workout, a foam roller enhances recovery.
How does exercise help mental health?
Exercise helps in reducing anxiety and depression. It also helps improve self-esteem and cognitive function. Low self-esteem and social withdrawal symptoms can be alleviated by exercise.
Questions provided by: Vitality Magazine
Answers: Anna Duncan