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Pilates can help with Weight Loss – Foxboro, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 06, 2014

You may have had weight loss as a New Year’s resolution. You may have already thrown in the towel. But it isn’t really your fault. Without the right exercise program, you can get bored. But, you can spice it up and add something different by adding Pilates classes to your exercise routine.

Muscles burn more calories than fat. So, a muscular body burns more calories at rest than a body with less muscle. Maybe you don’t want to lift weights, or perhaps you are not comfortable in the weight room of your gym. Pilates helps build muscles.

Creating muscle is the best ways to increase the amount of calories you burn before, during and after exercising. When your body has more muscle, it can burns more calories. Pilates can help you build muscle without the wear and tear of weight lifting. This makes it an exercise for all types of people; those new to exercise, seniors, those with injuries or experienced athletes. Best of all, Pilates exercises work on your ‘long muscle groups’ helping to creates a trimmer appearance which allows you to see the difference. Pilates is strength training. But you won’t feel like your ‘bulking up’. You work with resistance to increase strength giving you more muscle mass.

Even though you won’t break into a sweat in Pilates class, don’t be fooled. Through slower movements Pilates focuses on the major muscle groups and helps build and maintain lean muscle mass. Improve your posture, create a longer more body and increase muscle mass with Pilates.

If you want to meet your weight loss goals and spice up your exercise routine, Pilates has become very popular. More and more people are choosing Pilates as a weight loss exercise. Through the longer, slower exercises that define Pilates, you will become more aware of your body and your posture as well. This creates mental well-being which aids in helping weight loss happen.

For weight loss and a more trim appearance, contact Answer is Fitness for more information on the Pilates programs.

Developing Fitness Goals – Foxboro, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 30, 2014

Developing Fitness GoalsNow that we are a month into the New Year, some of those fitness-related resolutions may have gone by the wayside.

Most of the time, the problem is trying too hard to reach unrealistic fitness goals too quickly.

It is important to set realistic expectations for a reasonable time frame. Take running. Although many look at mileage and time splits as a measure of fitness, it's better for people who have been sedentary for a while to ease into it.

You don't want to run to get into shape; you want to get into shape to run. You have to start by training and cross-training, gentle warm-ups and stretching.

Lower-impact exercises might include biking, swimming and using an elliptical trainer. In addition to starting with lower-impact activities, it's important to increase activity slowly, adding about 10% duration at a time.

However, it is also important to be aware of and acknowledge one's body's limitations.

Pain does not always mean gain. There are a number of warning signs that it might be time to see a doctor, including a traumatic injury, large swelling within the joints, limited range of motion, instability in a joint or any mechanical problems such as catching, locking or popping.

The truth is, exercise is a complicated business and there are a number of things that can affect your success. Knowing what those are will help you set realistic fitness goals and get the most out of your time spent at the gym.

Fitness goals need to be realistic and attainable. For help in creating fitness goals, contact Answer is Fitness.

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