The Importance of Exercising for a Healthy Lifestyle Video

Learn how you can live a healthier, happier and smarter life in this series featuring the five secrets from Fitness Guru Annick Robinson. In this part she explains the importance of exercising and flexibility training to a healthy lifestyle.
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The Importance of Exercising for a Healthy Lifestyle WatchMojo.com Veronica: Fitness guru Annick Robinson is sharing her secrets to a healthy lifestyle. Hi I’m Veronica for watchmojo.com and today we’re taking a look at the next step exercise. Annick Robison: (Wellness and Fitness Expert) So now we’ve talked about your nutrition. We talked about your hydration but what’s really important is exercise. Veronica: Now exercise is only beneficial if you’re dong it right, what does that mean? Annick: Well the first thing you need to know about your exercise program is it needs to be strategic so your program needs to make sure it gets you to your goals whether its weight loss. It’s increasing your powers, increasing your posture. It’s improving your general overall health and it needs to include within that strategy it needs to make sure it takes to account your ability to sustain your workout plan. It needs to make sure that you’re getting some cardiovascular health in your program. Your resistance training in order to keep your muscles strong and increase your metabolism or maintain your metabolism and it needs to work on your flexibility because flexibility is something that we lose gradually with age. So find yourself a really good personal trainer or a fitness professional who can help you put together a strategy so you make your workout time the most effective possible. Veronica: How many times did you do resistance training versus cardio or something to improve your flexibility? Annick: It really depends on your specific objective and if you have general conditioning as a goal and you can workout because about 6 days per week or make your way to the gym for 6 hours during the week then what you want to make sure is that your dream resistance training for your whole body 3 times a week and alternating that with a cardio day and then making sure that you’re making some time for flexibility on the day after you are resistance training day. Veronica: Can you take a yoga course for your flexibility? Annick: Some yoga absolutely, it’s nice, slow moving and it will take you into deep flexibility but some yoga your muscles will burn and you will be sore after and I would count that as resistance training. Veronica: How many times did you change your routine whether it’s in a class or in a weight room? Annick: A good teacher will change their routine every 4 weeks or so to make sure that their participants aren’t becoming plateaud at the level that they’re at but if you’re running your own program for example in a gen setting you should be making sure that someone is tweaking your program every 3 to 4 weeks. Veronica: Should you workout ever be easy for you? Annick: Some people their objective is to gain mass and so they might have a short amount of repetitions of a heavier weight and someone who just wants to tone and lengthen the muscles they might just have a longer amount of repetition with the lighter weight but in either case you need to get yourself to total muscle exhaustion and what that means is that the last repetition you do has to be almost impossible. Veronica: Now there are some women who just stay with the cardio machines because they’re scared of bulking up. Is that a true concern? Annick: Your muscle mass erodes over time. It peaks out about age 21 and it slowly starts to dwindle as your muscle mass decreases your metabolism starts to slow down and so by increasing your muscle mass you’re actually burning more calories. So one pound of muscle burns 8 pounds of fat per year so for those ladies that are stuck on the cardio machine they would be much better off doing a little bit of cardio vascular exercise for heart health but timing their weight loss program around a resistance training because they could on 1 pound of muscle and tone up there’ll be 8 pounds later at the end of the year. Veronica: Is there anything else you want to leave us with concerning your exercise p

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