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Over time, the body adapts to a given workload, so the number of microtraumas — the reaction of your muscles to unusual strain that causes post-training pain — is reduced as the muscles become stronger.
Experts don’t advise exercising through growing muscle pains. It is necessary to stop and monitor your condition.
Walking up the stairs is perceived by the body as effort. Even a person who plays sports will sooner or later feel the typical tension in the muscles.
If you have reached the point when simply walking up the stairs is too easy for you, use weights or try skipping one or two steps (if there are no medical contraindications).
Exercise vs. Diet
Fitness coaches all over the world are unanimous in their opinions that success in building a beautiful body is 30% dependent on exercise and 70% on nutrition.
However, even the most rigorous workout can only cover the caloric value of one chocolate bar, at most.
Responsible for muscle size, raspy voice, body hair and other masculine attributes is the male hormone testosterone. There is 15–20 times less testosterone in the female body than in the male body.
It takes much more time and frequent effort for women to tighten the muscle tissue.
Everyone stores fat in different body parts, which is determined by one’s sex and genetics. The fat deposits are also reduced unevenly.
Workouts aimed at certain body parts won’t help because while they do help burn calories (which indirectly affects the process of losing weight) and build muscle, they don’t affect the fat cells in the target part of the body.
If you don’t eat for at least half an hour after a workout, your body won’t receive any fuel and will be forced to get by with its reserves. This will slow down recovery, and you will feel muscle aches and fatigue for much longer.
You can and should eat after a workout, but the main thing is to approach it wisely.
The main principle of losing weight is burning more calories than you consume during the day.
If your goal is to see a smaller number on the scales and achieve and maintain a slim figure, add strength training. It increases your metabolic rate and triggers increased calorie burning, even at rest. Combining aerobic and anaerobic exercises will be the most efficient.
Your muscles experience microtraumas during workouts and then grow and get stronger on rest days, which is why it is so important to set the right activity pace.
The number of workouts depends on your fitness level. If you are a beginner, try exercising every other day or at least twice a week.
If you have been exercising for a long time, let yourself rest at least once a week.
If you sweat profusely and drink little, you can indeed lose several ounces (hundred grams) due to body dehydration, but this has nothing to do with reducing fat deposits. In addition, the effect of such “weight loss” is very short-term.
To lose weight, it is important to monitor your diet, maintaining a small calorie deficit and exercising to a slight fatigue, without exhausting yourself beyond measure.
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...has to do with heart health: Intervals can boost cardio-respiratory health with a smaller time investment compared to continuous forms of exercise.
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VO2 max is one of the best predictors of overall health.
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This is the problem with HIIT, just like with any other form of exercise: it’s much easier to lose weight by cutting calories in your diet than trying to burn excess calories.