Yesterday, while packing to leave work, a woman approached me and said, “You train my friend _____, and she looks fantastic. I saw her the other night and I could see all the changes,” pointing to her arms and shoulders. The compliment was flattering as a personal trainer, but I had to be honest with her. “I’d love to take all the credit, but I have to give credit where credit is due. I can only take credit for two hours a week; after that it’s her.” We continued the conversation for another moment and she was off to her workout, and I was out the door.
On occasion I speak to people who want to get in shape, but they think a work out must be for a full hour. They also assume that short stints of exercise are not as beneficial. However, exercise is a matter of minutes, and any exercise is better than no exercise. It's important to follow exercise guidelines to lose weight and get in shape, but learn to break the rules to exercise especially if you don't have time to work out. Not sure how to fit in your workout? Think of the phrase "divide and conquer."
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When I train female clients, I tell them that I do not want to see an ounce of bounce during high intensity workouts. In other words; wear a good sports bra.
Some of my clients are very well endowed (up to K), while others are smaller. Regardless of size, it's important to "tame the beast" and keep bounce to a minimum. Because of this, I have been on the hunt for sports bras that minimize bounce, and have been able to find some that may be of interest to women who exercise.
Below you'll see three bra brands that got the thumbs-up from my clients, and me, who swear by the bras we wear.
During hot, humid summers my eczema flares up for outdoor exercise. The heat and sweat forces me back into the gym because I start itching. Since I do not plan on giving up exercise I found that reducing stress, different clothing materials and changing my hygiene products are the best way to minimize itchy, eczema flare-ups. Although I can't change the itching during exercise I can alleviate the itching with preventative care before and after.
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Exercise is work, but it's more work when you suffer from a chronic disease. I am a long-time sufferer of eczema, which is annoying, and painful when infected. Although eczema isn't considered a debilitating disease per se; it is a point of contention to a person who suffers from the itchy, patchy, scaly skin disease.
During my senior year of high school, I began to have red patches of dry skin next to my nose and my hair line. It itched, and even worse, it oozed. To my surprise, it was eczema, and I learned that exercise makes it itch severely.
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In the past few days I've heard people make comments about exercise that surprised me. Actually, they didn't really surprise me, but made me think about the different views on exercise. Even though I bodybuild, and train a lot, my views of exercise are not skewed in the sense that people have to train hours on end to by physically fit and healthy.
If you're just beginning any sort of exercise or running program, you'll need to choose the proper shoes for your journey. Sneakers, which are the best choice for working out and running, are difficult to choose since each have a snazzy outer shell. Bright colors or cool options are not what is important, though. You may want your shoes to look good, but the most important aspect is that they fit your feet properly and offer you the most support.
During my leg workout I noticed I was clenching my teeth. I had a heavy load on the lying leg curl machine. I never realized that I did this, and was concerned about the damage caused from clenching and grinding my teeth during exercise. Do you clench your teeth, also?