In an earlier post, we shared several nutrition tips from FitFluential fitness enthusiasts. The talented FitFluential bloggers also had a lot of advice to share based on the successful movement guidance they share with their readers. Fitness bloggers are a formidable force in the blogosphere, inspiring their communities to increase activity and health with lots of engaging content and support. (As noted in the nutrition post, be sure to consult with your health care practitioner who knows your individual medical history before applying tips from websites. You don’t want to damage your health in any way!)
1. Alan Ali: To make cardio sessions go by quicker and to avoid getting bored, break your cardio into 10 minute durations on different machines.
2. Alexandra Williams, MA: If you do both strength training and cardio exercise, you will be burning kcals* at a higher rate during the rest of the day, even when sitting at the computer.
(*Kcals is an abbreviation for kilocalories/food calories.)
3. Bonnie Lang: If you want to stimulate your muscles and torch calories fast, perform big muscle movements. Full body, functional exercises (as opposed to isolated muscle movements like biceps curls) will build lean muscle mass and subsequently burn fat the fastest. Focusing on “primal” moves like pushing, pulling, carrying and jumping elevate the heart rate and create lean muscle which continues to work in your favor even at rest. Above all, remember that consistency is key; you get results by sticking with it. Happy lifting!
4. Cara Lyons: Don’t be afraid of lifting heavy. Pick up bigger weights (the amount with which you can do 6-10 reps, not 15 or more) and focus on compound exercises that work many muscles (like squats, deadlifts, and bench presses.) It’s a myth that you’ll get “bulky”; rather you’ll build strong, sexy muscle that will look good and burn more calories much more effectively than doing tons and tons of lightweight exercises.
5. Christine McCarthy: As someone who is just getting started in strength training, I found it really helpful to have a structured plan (like the Body for Life book) and to take a weight class offered at the gym to become familiar with the exercises and to be instructed on proper form. It also helps to have a support group behind you.
6. Katelyn Block: Do yoga and strength train often. Don’t be afraid of bulking up. Yoga can often be a wonderful substitute (or support) for weights. Kettlebells are great as well, as they use both your body weight and the tension of the bell.
7. Megan Biller: Cardio workouts are more than just running or spin class. They can be anything you LOVE to do. (Scenic hiking, playing sports and games with friends or family and walking the family dog were a few of her examples.) There are so many great ways to get in cardio – without spending hours at the gym. Variety helps!
8. Mindy Nienhouse: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” Don’t be afraid to change things up! Try a new machine at the gym. Vary your incline/resistance/speed. Get outside and play tennis with a friend. If you always do the same thing, you’ll get bored and your body is going to adapt. Mixing up your routine will keep it fun and fresh, and keep your body guessing!
9. Nicole Culver: Stretching and yoga can help reduce injury. You can get free yoga podcasts and videos at sites like yogadownload.com. You’ll be amazing at how much better you will feel incorporating yoga into your week! You’ll be less stressed too!
10. Tina Reale: Cardio workouts don’t have to be done by running, walking, or using a machine at the gym. You can get an effective cardio workout through intervals of plyometrics (such as jump squats), bodyweight exercises (such as push-ups), and functional movements (such as crab walks). Make your workout interesting and switch things up to keep your body challenged and progressing.
I’ll end this piece with words of encouragement from one of my favorite fitness bloggers Carla Birnberg (also known as MizFit):
I say it all the time, but it’s because I know it to be true. Healthy living need not be all consuming. Fitness does NOT have to rule your life–it merely should be a facet of your day. The key to my losing 35 pounds and maintaining the loss for 17+ years is a simple one: do your absolute best, each day, move a little and get back up the next day and do it all again. NO FITS AND STARTS. Those are harmful to us physically and emotionally. A little bit each day till you’re dead. CONSISTENCY.
If you have any other exercise tips or links to other fitness blogging leaders, please share them with us in the “Comments” section. Thanks!