Monday, May 10, 2010

Collected Fitness Wisdom #20

I think with dieting, it’s all about just enjoying the process. If you can find a way to make that enjoyable and not just one giant lecture on self-denial and self-deprivation then you’re gonna make it work.

~Brad Pilon

I started lifting weights after 40. I had done Pilates and cardio with a little yoga, but after 40, I wanted to maintain my muscle tone. It's one thing to be in shape and thin, but it's also great to have definition. That's what makes you look healthy.

~Vanessa Williams

It’s interesting to know how high your heart rate goes up in interval training, how low it recovers, but heart rate does not dictate fat loss. That one kind of needs to sink in on people, but just because you have your heart rate elevated for a certain amount of time doesn’t mean you’re going to lose fat, as all these cardiovascular studies have shown where the results have been disappointing.

It’s not about heart rate. It’s about the effort and the quality that you put into the training and the intensity that then changes the hormone profile, decreasing the insulin, making you more insulin sensitive, increasing the adrenalin immediately after training and during training so that fat burning occurs, and possibly, because it’s such a debatable subject, increasing the metabolism for hours, or 24 hours after training, or 36 hours after training, like some studies suggest.

Heart rate has no direct effect on fat loss is what I’m saying.

~Craig Ballantyne

It’s like our society is plagued with individuals who want things YESTERDAY and can’t understand why they don’t see immediate results. Maybe it’s a product of the information age where you can get any product you want at the click of a button.

People have to realize that that kind of attitude doesn’t work with exercise, health, strength or fat loss.

~Chris Lopez


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