Health and Fitness Tips from Nutrition Zone Health Beatrice, NE

At Nutrition Zone, our qualified staff can help you achieve the results you desire. Here are some Do's and Don'ts to get you started.

Don't forget the weights

Do add weightlifting as part of your well rounded workout


You've no doubt been told that aerobic exercise is the key to losing your gut, but weight training is actually more valuable. Here are three reasons:

  1. Lifting protects your muscle. When people diet without lifting weights, research shows that 75% of their weight loss is from fat and 25% is muscle. That 25% may reduce your scale weight, but it doesn’t do a lot for your reflection in the mirror. However, if you weight train as you diet, your weight loss is more likely to be 100% fat. Think of it in terms of liposuction. The whole point is to simply remove unattractive flab, right? That’s exactly what you should demand from your workout.
  2. Lifting boosts your metabolism. Your muscles need energy to repair and upgrade your muscle fibers after each resistance-training workout. A University of Wisconsin study found that when people performed a total-body workout comprised of just three big-muscle exercises, their metabolisms were elevated for 39 hours afterward. What’s more, they also burned a greater percentage of their calories from fat during this time, compared with those who weren’t hitting the weights.
  3. Lifting torches calories. It’s considered common knowledge that jogging burns more calories than weight training. Turns out, when scientists at the University of Southern Maine used ad advanced method to estimate energy expenditure during exercise, they found that weight training burns as many as 71% more calories than originally thought. The researchers calculated that performing just one circuit of eight exercises-which takes about 8 minutes-can expend 159 to 231 calories. That’s about the same as running at a 6-minute mile pace for the same duration.

Don't just go through the motions

Do challenge yourself


Ladies we’re especially talking to you on this one. Your goal is to challenge your muscles, not just go through the motions. For instance, if you can lift a weight 15 times, it’s not going to do your muscles much good to lift it for only 8 repetitions. A good way to gauge if a weight is appropriate: Note the point at which you start to struggle. Let’s say you’re doing 10 repetitions. If all 10 seem easy, then the weight you’re using is too light. However, if you start to struggle on your tenth repetition, you’ve chosen the correct poundage.

Don't forget about your bottom half

Do strenghthen those legs...and don't forget about the booty!


To cut inches from your waist, make sure you’re working the muscles below your belt. In a Syracuse University study, people burned more calories the day after they did lower-body resistance training than the day after they worked their upper body. “Leg muscles – like your quads and glutes – generally have more muscle mass than those of your chest and arms,” says study author Kyle Hackney, Ph.D. (c) C.S.C.S. “work more muscle during your exercise session, and your body has to expend more energy to repair and upgrade them later.” So the best approach, of course, is to hit every muscle each workout.

Don't skip workouts

Do plan ahead and stick to your schedule


Probably never, and here’s why: U.K. researchers found that workers were 15% more productive on the days they made time to exercise compared to days they skipped their workout. They were also 15% more tolerant of their coworkers. Now, consider for a moment what these numbers mean to you: On days you exercise, you can – theoretically at least – accomplish in an 8-hour day what normally would take you 9 hours and 12 minutes. Or you’d still work 9 hours, but get more done, leaving you feeling less stressed and happier with your job, another perk that the workers reported on the days they exercised.

Don't think exercise cancels out bad eating habits

Do incorporate good eating habits so those workouts are worth it


You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. After all, you can eat a 1,000 calorie fast food burger in just 5 minutes, but it’ll take you more than an hour to burn that many calories with physical activity. So make sure you’re not using exercise as an excuse to eat whatever you want. You may even find that regular workouts help you better follow a smart eating plan. Case in point: university of Pittsburgh researchers studied 169 overweight adults for 2 years and found that the participants who didn’t follow a 3-hour-a-week training plan ate more than their allotted 1,500 calories a day. The reverse was also true – sneaking snacks sabotaged their workouts. The study authors say it’s likely that both actions are a reminder to stay on track, reinforcing your weight-loss goal and drive.

Don't do it alone

Do create a plan, use the buddy system, and get going!


You will stay motivated and have more accountability if you workout with a buddy and have a solid plan. Stop by any Nutrition Zone for a free diet consultation (free body fat testing, too.) We’ll send you on your way with a clear plan that works for YOU…and your buddy!

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