Maintain Your Fitness: Caloric Intake and New Year’s Eve!

We all know that Portland, Oregon, New York and San Francisco are the foodie towns in the United States, but they are also knows for their mixologists too. What does this mean: in-taking a lot of your daily calories with fluids versus by food. This can be very dangerous, because when someone is intoxicated, they will tend to drink too much, but when they are leaving their party they will want to eat. We call this the fourth meal, and this is what will make or break getting excellent fitness results. Have fun this New Years Eve, drink responsibly, but try not to have that fourth meal. This is great practice to have, that extra meal will not only make you sluggish, but all those extra calories will get stored as fat. Yes, you will burn some of them off, but a lot of them will be absorbed into your fat cells. So beware, and not only drink sensibly, but eat sensibly too.

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Personal Training In Portland, Oregon: Ways To Lose That Muffin Top!

If you are looking for ways to lose that muffin top here are some helpful hints that we think can help you:

1. Pick a pair a jeans that you would like to fit into without that extra skin hanging over the side. No one likes to see that skin hanging over, so go buy a pair a jeans that you want to be able to fit in – these are your Goal Jeans!

2. Start increasing your cardio respiratory exercise, but when you do it, make sure you are in your target training heart rate

3. Start doing some weight training in order to increase your muscle mass, which will in turn help you burn calories throughout the day.

4. If you need assistance, we would recommend hiring a personal trainer in your area to really push you to the next level.

5. Start writing your food in a journal so you can visually see what you are eating. You will be surprised when you see how much or little you eat.

The first link above is an excellent article/press release on muffin top exercises.

Good Luck & Enjoy!
Exercise Personal Training

What are the advantages of Freeweights

When someone says they workout with free weights, what they are saying is that they exercise with weights that are not attached to a machine. This includes barbells, weighted plates, kettle-bells, sandbags, dumbbells, and the use of bumper plates.
The advantages of using free weights is that it creates muscle balance discrepancies.  When doing machines, you are lifting weight in a fixed movement, so fitness experts call this closed chain exercises. The disadvantages of closed chain exercises is that they will create tension in joints that can cause injury or shearing forces that will result in damage.
When doing free weights, the joint is able to move more freely, which in turn can be a lot safer.

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Exercise Personal Training