6 Snacks to Avoid Before a Workout

When you’re following a medical weight loss plan, choosing your snacks takes on new importance. You want to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, while also getting enough energy to fuel your daily activities. And if you’re also exercising regularly, you want to provide your body with enough energy for that, too.

But because exercise diverts more blood flow to your muscles and away from your digestive tract, you don’t want to strain your stomach and intestines with the wrong kind of pre-workout snack. The following foods require a bit more effort to digest, and can carry some other unpleasant side effects as well. These are the ones to avoid right before exercise. Read more

What Time of Day is Best for Exercise?

Your exercise regimen is an important part of your overall medical weight loss plan. But we know that you’re busy, and finding time to work out can be a challenge. On top of that, you might wonder whether exercising at a certain time of day would benefit you more. Here’s the scoop on that. Read more

How Walking Can Support Your Health Goals

If we put together a medical weight loss program for you, we will first discuss how you should be eating. Then, the next decision concerns exercise. Many of our patients choose to take up walking, because it’s convenient, easy, and does not require a gym membership. You probably know several people who say that they lost a significant amount of weight simply by walking every day. Read more

Rowing Machines Can Provide Terrific Workouts!

We often focus our exercise blogs around walking, because it’s one of the easiest workouts that most people can fit into their schedules. But if you’re more of a gym goer, or you’re simply looking for something new to shake up your exercise routine, you might be wondering about the effectiveness of various pieces of gym equipment. So we wanted to take a moment to put in a good word for rowing machines. Read more

Short on Time? Try This Exercise Technique

We all know that we should be exercising more. Activity is good for our heart health and supports a weight loss plan. But finding the time to drive to the gym, change clothes, work out, clean up, and then drive home can pose a challenge for many of us. With busy schedules taking up most of our time, fitting a workout regimen into your day can feel like a major challenge. Read more

5 Walking Mistakes to Avoid

Walking is probably the easiest form of exercise. After all, you’ve been doing it for most of your life! And luckily, walking is also extremely effective with regard to a weight loss plan. Almost everyone can fit a daily walk into their schedule, and it’s as simple as lacing up your shoes and walking out the door. Read more

4 Strategies to Get Through Your Workout

It would be great if you always looked forward to your workouts, smiled throughout them, and finished up feeling satisfied and happy. But that’s not real life. Sometimes we dread our workouts because we’re having a bad day, we didn’t sleep well the night before, or some other reason. Read more

Exercise Benefits More Than Physical Health

You already know that exercise is a great way to support your weight loss plan. It also helps you to protect your heart health, and ward off other common health problems associated with excess weight. But did you know that exercise can benefit you in several other, very important ways? Read more

Should You Change Up Your Workout?

You might have heard that after some time, your body becomes accustomed to certain movements and you burn fewer calories while doing them. Or, you could simply be feeling tired of your workout routine. So should you switch it up? Or do you risk losing progress with your weight loss plan?

First, let’s clear up some confusion. You don’t exactly burn fewer calories simply because your body is accustomed to certain exercises. Calorie burn is based in large part upon two things: The effort you put forth to perform a workout, and your body size. As your body size decreases, moving requires a bit less energy. And when exercises become easier for you, because you’re getting into better shape, you might not expend as much effort.

But these facts don’t exactly mean that you should quit your old workout and choose an entirely new one. After all, you’re making great progress. Whatever you’re doing, it’s working! And if you’re working toward a particular goal, such as walking a 5k race, you don’t want to give up the exact activity for which you’re training.

The key to keeping your calorie burn up, as well as decreasing any boredom you might feel, is to continually challenge yourself. Add a challenge or two, but without completely revamping your entire workout routine.

Every four to six weeks, it is probably time to increase the resistance of your weight-training moves. Add five or ten pounds to bench presses, arm curls, deadlifts, and so on.

Increasing repetitions is another way to continue to challenge your body. If you’ve been doing fifteen pushups, increase to twenty.

And finally, changing up the moves themselves can be another great way to challenge more muscle groups. Walking lunges can become reverse lunges, pushups can become dumbbell bench presses, and so on. You can target the same or nearby muscle groups, while preventing boredom and adding to the challenge of your workouts.

Of course, if you’re exercising as part of an overall weight loss plan, seeking a doctor’s oversight can help you get the results you want. Call our office to schedule an appointment, and we can review both your nutrition and exercise strategies.

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