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Month: November 2016

Durham Personal Trainer Tips: How to Get the Body You Want

Are you working out a ton but unsure of how you can lose weight and still gain more muscle? 

We’ve touched on this topic before but it’s a common one we get and there is a lot of material we can cover under this topic. Simply put, the answer to this questions is, in order to lose body fat and gain muscle, you need to do the right kind of exercise and follow the right kind of diet.

The diet is so key here. Cutting calories will obviously help you lose weight but you want to make sure you’re losing fat instead of muscle. In fact, research suggests that as much as 25 per cent of weight lost by dieters is from muscle. Thats’ the last thing we want to do. You also want to make sure you’re not restricting calories too much or you won’t be able to have very effective workouts and could also slow down your metabolism.

On the flip side, the more muscle you have, the faster your resting metabolism will be! Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be.

So what’s the secret to preserve muscle while dieting? We say the secret lies in resistance exercise (weight lifting, weight machines, and whole body exercises) and eating lots of protein at the right times When paired with lots of protein, even more than the recommended base amount, can boost the effects of resistance training and build muscle.

Next week on our blog, we are going to provide you with some tips on how to accomplish this goal of losing weight and gaining muscle! Stay tuned! And if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to our personal trainers in Durham!


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10 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat

Today our personal trainers in Durham are sharing 10 reasons why you may not be losing belly fat despite your best efforts at the gym and in the kitchen… Sometimes, the truth hurts!

Chances are if you are having a hard time busting that belly fat, it’s because of one or a combination of the issues above! Some of those items we can’t always control– like genetics– but it’s good to be aware of the culprit and work harder in other areas to offset areas of weakness!

From our personal trainers in Durham, we hope you have a fantastic day!

 

 


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Durham Trainer Tips: The 3 Rules of Breakfast

We all know we need to be eating breakfast, but the real question is, are we doing breakfast the right way? Read on to find out if your breakfast is working for you.

 

Eat a High-Quality Breakfast

Eating a “good” breakfast does not mean eating a big bagel or processed muffin. Chances are if this is what you consider a good breakfast, you’re likely going to have a hard time losing weight. During the week, make sure you are choosing whole foods that are rich in protein and fiber. Examples include omelets, oatmeal with fruit and nuts, a green smoothie with some protein powder, or an egg and avocado toast. For those of us who don’t have time to make breakfast, opt for the protein bar over the bagel.

Eat First Thing in the Morning (But Listen to Your Body) 

Some of us may have a hard time eating a full meal when we first wake up and that’s ok. Eat something small within the first hour of waking up and then eat the second half of your breakfast post-workout or just an hour later. Just get healthy food in your body– Plain and simple!

There Are No Rules When it Comes to Healthy Breakfasts

There are no rules for breakfast, as long as it’s healthy! If you wake up and you want last night’s chicken for dinner, by all means go for it! Don’t confine yourself to eggs if that’s not what you enjoy. The more vegetables and protein you can get in the morning the better!


 

What’s your favorite weekday breakfast? Let us know in the comments below! If you need some fitness guidance be sure and stop by our private gym in Durham!


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In Need of a Detox? Read These Tips from our Durham Personal Trainers

Halloween can be a time of temptation for many of us with all of the extra treats and sweets laying around! If you went a little crazy this year, it may be time to give your body a break with a detox! A detox is all about limiting the amount of “junk” that enters your body and only eating and drinking things that will help your body do it’s job! Here are our 5 simple detoxing tips (that don’t involve juice fasting!) 

  1. Wake up with warm water with fresh lemon juice. This will hydrate you and replenish your body first thing in the morning and is known to aid digestion and purge toxins.
  2. Stretch! This will not only help with your workouts and recovery but can also stimulate digestion and elimination.
  3. Eat your Broccoli and leafy greens! This will help reduce inflammation and are high in antioxidants which aid the body in fighting off toxins.
  4. Exfoliate. Exfoliating your body can not only make your skin softer but it can also unclog your pores and stimulates circulation.
  5. Drink lots of water and tea. This is the best way to stay hydrated and to ensure your liver and body is functioning properly!

When your feeling heavy what’s your favorite way to detox? We’d love to hear your tips! If you’re in need of some extra fitness guidance to reach your goals, come chat with one of our fantastic personal trainers in Durham!


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