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Total Body Wellness: Rev up Your Physique PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ashley Berlin   
Saturday, 05 June 2010 07:45

Total Body Wellness: Rev up Your Physique
If you're looking to change your physique, look to your car. You might be surprised at how a car's engine relates to your burns fat, but our fitness columnist pops the hood on the topic.


One trend that usually hits around summer is going to the gym. So why is it a trend and not a habit? Or a lifestyle pattern? Because form follows function, which unfortunately means that getting in the best shape of your life isn't a month-long process.

 

Let's say you work out four to five times during a week for three weeks, all while eating healthy. You weigh yourself once a week (or once a day if you're trying to drive yourself mad). At the end of three weeks, you weigh exactly the same as when you started. This is when most people decide working out is for the birds and head for the nearest drive-thru.

 

A couple weeks ago we talked about how each workout you perform builds on the one prior, making you stronger each time. So when I say that form follows function, I mean that as you begin to function at a higher level, when your body has a greater capacity of fitness in a workout, your form (i.e. body) inevitably changes.

 

The bigger the engine you have in a car (V6, V8, Hemi), the more fuel your car needs. A car that can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in several seconds demands more fuel than my Taurus. Now, equate the size of the engine in a high-performance car with the muscle mass of a toned, athletic woman. The fuel is fat on the body.

 

She has very little fat because she has a high-performance engine. Are you with me? A toned, lean woman's body burns more fat (and calories) than most women because she has a powerful engine (a wealth of lean muscle). It takes muscle to burn fat.

 

So if you're scale is getting you discouraged or preventing you from passing that three-week mark at the gym, throw it out the window. If the scale isn't changing or is going up while your capacity to train continues to improve, then that tells me you're putting lean muscle on your body. Every pound of muscle you put on your body, the greater the capacity to burn off excess fat and calories.

 

And while getting in great shape isn't a process that's incredibly easy, there are people in the area who have mastered it. As you continue to train consistently, your body will crave more nutrients. And when you eat more nutrient dense food and continue to work hard, you'll see your metabolism go through the roof.

Ashley Berlin -

Ashley Berlin is the health and fitness columnist for Cincy Chic and the owner of BEAT Personal Training in West Chester. Want more information about something you read here? Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Read More >>


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