Stuff We Love

Scroll to Info & Navigation

Tag Results

119 posts tagged fitblr

The best kind of workout to increase your metabolism? STRENGTH TRAINING!
Exercise can increase metabolism in three ways:1. It burns calories during the workout session.2. It burns additional calories directly following the workout session, which is known as the afterburn affect. This post-exercise metabolic boost can last 24-48 hours.3. It increases calorie-burning lean muscle mass. One pound of muscle burns an extra 6-50 calories a day.
#1 Choice: Strength TrainingLifting weights will boost your metabolism in all three ways and should be your first priority if you really want to burn more fat more easily. Have you ever noticed that men can lose weight by cutting out their nightly ice cream while women have to count calories like crazy before the scale will even budge? That’s because men tend to have more metabolically active muscle than women. Complete a total-body strength-training program two to three days a week to build significant lean muscle mass and boost your metabolism, even if you’re cutting calories.
— Rachel Cosgrove

The best kind of workout to increase your metabolism? STRENGTH TRAINING!

Exercise can increase metabolism in three ways:
1. It burns calories during the workout session.
2. It burns additional calories directly following the workout session, which is known as the afterburn affect. This post-exercise metabolic boost can last 24-48 hours.
3. It increases calorie-burning lean muscle mass. One pound of muscle burns an extra 6-50 calories a day.

#1 Choice: Strength Training
Lifting weights will boost your metabolism in all three ways and should be your first priority if you really want to burn more fat more easily. Have you ever noticed that men can lose weight by cutting out their nightly ice cream while women have to count calories like crazy before the scale will even budge? That’s because men tend to have more metabolically active muscle than women. Complete a total-body strength-training program two to three days a week to build significant lean muscle mass and boost your metabolism, even if you’re cutting calories.

— Rachel Cosgrove

May 2012 Issue out now!
On our cover: Brooklyn Decker. The star of the upcoming film “Battleship” shares her fitness secrets! p. 47
In This Issue: + 15-Minute Workout: Armed For Summer, p. 52 + The Skinny on (Good) Fat, p. 79 + Why You Should Try Trail Running, p. 58 + Recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, p. 110 + Toning and Stress-Relieving Yoga Poses from Kathryn Budig, p. 114 + Hit the Farmer’s Market! Shopping Tips and Recipes, p. 103 + Creative Beach Cover-Ups, p. 44 + Meaning is the New Money: Why women are ditching traditional careers for more fulfilling gigs, p. 134 + The Upside of Jealousy, p. 92

May 2012 Issue out now!

On our cover: Brooklyn Decker. The star of the upcoming film “Battleship” shares her fitness secrets! p. 47

In This Issue:
+ 15-Minute Workout: Armed For Summer, p. 52
+ The Skinny on (Good) Fat, p. 79
+ Why You Should Try Trail Running, p. 58
+ Recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, p. 110
+ Toning and Stress-Relieving Yoga Poses from Kathryn Budig, p. 114
+ Hit the Farmer’s Market! Shopping Tips and Recipes, p. 103
+ Creative Beach Cover-Ups, p. 44
+ Meaning is the New Money: Why women are ditching traditional careers for more fulfilling gigs, p. 134
+ The Upside of Jealousy, p. 92

Gym Confessions: Treadmill Racing
Sad but true.
If you’re doing an easy run and you want to avoid the intrusion of wandering eyes—or you just don’t want to check the display compulsively—set the treadmill for the amount of time you want to run, then put a towel over the display.
You’ll be surprised at how nice it feels to run when you’re not watching the ‘mill tick off every hundredth of a mile, and when no one else can see your pace.
Tell us: Do you race other people on the treadmill? What are your other gym confessions? (Tweet @WomensHealthMag with hashtag #GymConfessions!)
More from WH:Treadmill WorkoutsRunning For Weight LossBest Running Tips
Photo: iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Gym Confessions: Treadmill Racing

Sad but true.

If you’re doing an easy run and you want to avoid the intrusion of wandering eyes—or you just don’t want to check the display compulsively—set the treadmill for the amount of time you want to run, then put a towel over the display.

You’ll be surprised at how nice it feels to run when you’re not watching the ‘mill tick off every hundredth of a mile, and when no one else can see your pace.

Tell us: Do you race other people on the treadmill? What are your other gym confessions? (Tweet @WomensHealthMag with hashtag #GymConfessions!)

More from WH:
Treadmill Workouts
Running For Weight Loss
Best Running Tips

Photo: iStockphoto/Thinkstock

15-Minute Workout: Lift More, Lose More
If you want to slim down and sculpt sexy muscles, then put away those five-pounders. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that women who lifted a challenging weight for eight reps burned nearly twice as many calories as women who knocked out 15 reps with lighter dumbbells. Increasing your workload builds more muscle that torches fat all day long, says Barry Jay cofounder of Barry’s Bootcamp. And because lean muscle is compact, your clothes will fit better, not more snugly.
This workout, designed by Jay, uses “burn-out sets” to make you stronger and firmer. Starting with the first move, do four sets of 10 reps before going on to the next exercise. The key is starting with a weight that makes it tough to finish 10 reps. After those first 10, rest for a minute, then try another 10 reps. If you start losing form, drop down to a lighter weight. After 10 more reps, rest for a minute, then continue for two more sets, gradually dropping weight. Try it two or three times a week.
Print the "Lift More, Lose More" Workout!

15-Minute Workout: Lift More, Lose More

If you want to slim down and sculpt sexy muscles, then put away those five-pounders. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that women who lifted a challenging weight for eight reps burned nearly twice as many calories as women who knocked out 15 reps with lighter dumbbells. Increasing your workload builds more muscle that torches fat all day long, says Barry Jay cofounder of Barry’s Bootcamp. And because lean muscle is compact, your clothes will fit better, not more snugly.

This workout, designed by Jay, uses “burn-out sets” to make you stronger and firmer. Starting with the first move, do four sets of 10 reps before going on to the next exercise. The key is starting with a weight that makes it tough to finish 10 reps. After those first 10, rest for a minute, then try another 10 reps. If you start losing form, drop down to a lighter weight. After 10 more reps, rest for a minute, then continue for two more sets, gradually dropping weight. Try it two or three times a week.

Print the "Lift More, Lose More" Workout!

Twist Your Way To a Toned Bod!
Sculpt a stronger, leaner physique by adding twisting and throwing moves into your routine
As good as most strength-training moves are for your body, they have a drawback: They tend to work your muscles in a single plane of motion—up and down or forward and back (think biceps curls and lunges).
But the way you move every day isn’t so straightforward. That’s why rotational moves are so valuable.
"Twisting or throwing exercises engage more muscles, improve your balance, and build functional, real-world strength," says Tony Gentilcore, a strength coach at Cressey Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts. "Plus, the rotation comes from the core, so you’ll gain power and carve flat abs while you’re at it." That’s a pretty awesome bonus.
Get the twisting workout!

Twist Your Way To a Toned Bod!

Sculpt a stronger, leaner physique by adding twisting and throwing moves into your routine

As good as most strength-training moves are for your body, they have a drawback: They tend to work your muscles in a single plane of motion—up and down or forward and back (think biceps curls and lunges).

But the way you move every day isn’t so straightforward. That’s why rotational moves are so valuable.

"Twisting or throwing exercises engage more muscles, improve your balance, and build functional, real-world strength," says Tony Gentilcore, a strength coach at Cressey Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts. "Plus, the rotation comes from the core, so you’ll gain power and carve flat abs while you’re at it." That’s a pretty awesome bonus.

Get the twisting workout!

Weekend Challenge: WALL SITS 
This week, we’re mixing it up. Remember doing Wall Sits in elementary school gym? They’re back. Get into position this weekend and see how long you can hold this challenging move. Seriously. Hold on until your muscles are screaming! Note your time—we’ll be asking for it on Monday morning. So…ARE YOU IN?

Weekend Challenge: WALL SITS

This week, we’re mixing it up. Remember doing Wall Sits in elementary school gym? They’re back. Get into position this weekend and see how long you can hold this challenging move. Seriously. Hold on until your muscles are screaming! Note your time—we’ll be asking for it on Monday morning. So…ARE YOU IN?