Are you bored with your Exercise Routine? (Contined)

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•  Make short-terms goals to help with your long-term goal. If your long-term goal is to lose 20lbs in six weeks to look good for a vacation or wedding, good luck, especially if you are considered sedentary. Losing 1lb to 2lbs per week is the healthiest way to lose. Make a weekly goal such as increasing the resistance or weights in your strength training or running/walking an extra mile. You can even make a workout session goal. For example, adding an extra five minutes to cardio; adding an extra 2lbs to your weights; or even doing an extra 3 reps or set.

•  Get a dependable “Workout” partner to make you accountable. Notice I said dependable. You want a partner who shows up, puts the work in and knows how to have fun.  This is also a great way to keep your motivation going strong. A dependable workout partner will push you beyond your limits during sessions. You can also join a small personal training group for one or two days a week.

• To get the best results from your workout — rest, recover and recharge. Your muscles grow and get stronger after your workout. Ladies, I’m not talking about getting bulked, that’s another topic. Getting stronger muscles means having more energy to burn more fat. This is important when the goal is to lose weight as well as tone. A good night’s sleep helps your body repair muscles that were used in the workout. Not getting the proper amount of rest can increase levels of the hormone cortisol and this can reduce the levels of protein for muscle growth. Take one to two days off per week from exercise and treat yourself to a massage, a walk in the park or read a book, etc.

Changing your workout routine every 12 to 16 weeks will help avoid plateaus while maintaining results.

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Angela-BerrybioAngela M. Berry is a nationally certified Personal Trainer and CPR and AED certified with the American Heart Association. With over 10 years experience working with older adults and seniors (mainly women), her specialties are weight loss, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance.  Angela has a true passion for health and fitness. She believes that “Dedication + Discipline + Determination = Results” can be accomplished in our 2nd phase of life.

Angela is currently studying to further her fitness career by working with cancer patients. She is a candidate for a BA in Natural Health & Exercise Science and a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist (Level 2) at the University of Northern Colorado in the Spring of 2016.

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