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Why Yoga is the Best Exercise as You Age - Foxboro

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Why Yoga is the Best Exercise as You Age1. Balance. In yoga class, you'll wind up doing a lot of balancing postures. In the balance poses the trick is to relax into the balance -- a lesson for life and a lesson as you age. Forcing things will not work and you'll likely be so tense that you'll never stand on that one foot. A lot of older Americans have trouble with balance. The more you balance now, the better off you'll be later.

2. Lubricate your joints. This is a term for one of the benefits of yoga. After a yoga class, your joints feel lubricated, and it's true. It's like the tin man must have felt after he got his hit of oil. After spending decades sitting in an office chair old bodies need to move around to loosen up and to oil those joints. Yoga is the next best thing to a squirt of that oil.

3. Strength. Muscle mass declines as you age. It's a proven fact. But rather than go to a gym and lift weights, why not work on many of the muscles in your body. Yoga does just that. Your triceps will get bigger and stronger, not from free weights but from doing chaturangas over and over again. It's the same for all those others muscles. You'll feel the burn in your quads and elsewhere.

4. Peace of mind. Some of this comes with age anyway, but why not put down that damned smartphone for 90 minutes and get on the mat. You'll live much longer.

For more information on yoga, contact Answer is Fitness.

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Weight Loss Advice - Foxboro

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Weight Loss AdviceSpring is finally here and we are all looking forward to the nicer weather. But if the thought of warm weather has you trying to lose weight, here is some advice.

Mix up the workout: Don't avoid strength training if you want to lose weight. The best way to lose weight is a combination of cardio and strength training to increase muscle mass. Increasing muscle will increase your metabolism.

Start slow, be consistent: When you're not used to working out, you could burnout if you start too fast.  Usually, when people want to lose weight, they go to fast at the beginning and then give up. New exercisers should start with three to five times a week. The more consistent you are, the more calories you're burning.

Change your diet: Exercise is important, but your diet is a large part of your weight-loss formula. But it is important to eat well and exercise. Stick to whole foods like vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and lean protein, Tracey recommends, making sure you watch out for starchy carbs, added sugars, and too-big portions.

Don't lose too much too fast: You shouldn't be losing any more than one to two pounds a week, so make sure you're eating enough to fuel your new workout routine.

For more information losing weight for the spring, contact Answer is Fitness.

Spring Weight Loss Tips – Foxboro, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

We have been saying it and saying it, but we found an article on Sheknows that says it too. You can lose weight for spring without doing anything drastic and without a fad diet plan. Here are some weight loss tips:

Find an activity you love

There's no better way to give yourself a post-winter boost than to get active in a way that doesn't feel like a burden. Before you sabotage your fitness goals with a humdrum workout routine, do some experimenting. Try a boot camp or a new class at your gym, or sign up for a sport you love but haven't played in a while. The more fun working out feels, the more motivated you'll be to burn calories.

Get outside

Now that it's (finally) nice out, you have the option of moving your fitness routine outdoors — an excellent way to keep things interesting. Whether you start walking to work every day, take up running or join a coed sports league with a few friends, find a way to get some fresh air as you get fit. Being outdoors can often feel much less constricting than a gym, meaning you'll be more likely to feel better about whatever activity is on your workout schedule.

Get a workout buddy

Chances are you aren't the only one with springtime weight loss and fitness goals. Take a look at your friends and family whom you could see yourself working out with, and find out who else wants to get active. Working out with a friend even can go a long way toward keeping you on track. Decide on a weekly fitness class to attend together, meet up for a morning run, or go halves on a series of personal training sessions. Having a friend with similar goals to turn to for support can help keep you going when you start to lose motivation.

Spring clean cupboards

Getting to the gym and finding new ways to stay active are important, but burning extra calories is another factor at play when it comes to spring weight loss. What you eat (or don't eat) is equally important. If you want to put the focus on healthy eating, you need to take a closer look at what's inside your cupboards. Make a pile of anything that won't help your weight loss goals, such as snack cakes and packaged cookies, anything made from white flour, sodium-packed canned soups and processed goods, and anything you'll be tempted to eat an entire bag of. Replace the no-go items with healthier alternatives.

Focus on fresh ingredients

Once you've cleaned out your cupboards, it's time to turn to the fridge. The more your meals focus on fresh, colorful ingredients, the healthier and more conducive to weight loss they'll be. Find out when your local farmers market opens, and start trying out new recipes based on what ever's freshest when you go.

Challenge yourself

Setting a fitness goal for yourself is a great way to take your weight loss plan to the next level. It's one thing to say you want to lose 10 pounds by June, but quite another to sign up for a half-marathon you'll need to train for. Decide on something you really want to do that will require some training and commitment on your part, and then make it happen. When you have a goal that goes beyond numbers dropping on the scale, you'll be surprised at how much more motivated and excited you are about reaching that goal.

For more help with your fitness goals, contact Answer is Fitness.

Cardio Or Strength Training: Which Should You do First to Lose Weight– Foxboro, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 27, 2014

There is a lot of conversation about cardio training and strength training, which is better and which you should do first. Does it matter? Actually, to your overall fitness, it doesn’t matter which you do first.

In a study researchers determined that there was no difference in overall fitness regardless of which order you choose. Two groups of men achieved the same, significant increases in aerobic capacity and increasing lean muscle mass whether they hit the stationary bike or the leg press first in their twice to thrice weekly workouts.

Given how often this question is asked, there is surprisingly little research on it. There has been more thorough study of alternating days of strength training and cardio.

You can be confident that when performing a relatively moderate training volume and frequency (2-3 combined cycling and resistance training sessions of 90-120 [minutes] each), the training order is up to personal preference.

Within each personal training session, of course, gym users may find some impact from the exercise order they choose. A good cardio workout — especially if running on a treadmill is preferred over a stationary bike — could affect leg muscle strength. And a hard lower body resistance session could have an effect on that day’s cardio efforts. But the end result after 24 weeks should be the same.

However, sufficient rest is needed between sessions that involve both cardio and resistance training to ensure that gains are made.

For a personal training program designed just for you, contact Answer is Fitness.

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Reasons to Join a Gym for Weight Loss – Foxboro, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reasons to Join a Gym for Weight LossNow is the time to join a gym to lose that extra weight you gained over the winter. There are lots of options and choices at the gym to help you get in shape, feel better, lose weight and create a healthy lifestyle.

Cardio exercise is ideal if you want to get in shape and improve your heart health in particular and your overall health in general. Cardio exercise improves your fitness, burns calories and improves your overall health. However, if you are looking for tone and definition, bone health, or a more efficient metabolism, you need more than cardio. This can only be achieved through strength training, cardio exercise and the right diet. This is why joining a gym is very beneficial.

There are some great cardio workouts that you can do on your own or at the gym. Walking, running, treadmill workouts, interval sprints, and rowing machines are all excellent for heart health and for burning calories while you exercise. Cardio work is also best for improving endurance. However, there are reasons to join a gym. If you want to work on problem areas, burn more calories at rest and increase muscle tone, you must do strength training along with your cardio routine.

Group exercise classes are a fun and challenging way to get your cardio workout and increase your fitness level. Group classes that use weights like kettlebells or dumbbells are a great way to get in strength training. Group exercise classes are great if you are new to a gym as well. You will be guided by a trained fitness instructor, you will have fun and you can meet people with like goals.

For more information on joining a gym, and our gym membership special, contact Answer is Fitness.


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