Figuring out the most effect exercise program for the goal of losing body fat can be challenging. In terms of the best way to get rid of that fat, there is a ton of conflicting information on which is the best route for fat loss: Cardio or Strength Training. Each style has its own benefits and drawbacks in the quest for getting rid of fat.
For better or worse, our bodies are really efficient at storing energy for later. This is super helpful when we’re starving and need to find food to eat. But it’s super unhelpful when we build up a big chunk of body fat from this excess energy.
For better or worse, our bodies are really efficient at storing energy for later. This is super helpful when we’re starving and need to find food to eat. It’s super unhelpful when we build up a big chunk of stubborn body fat from all this excess energy. Unfortunately, getting rid of this extra energy and fat isn’t as easy as just doing crunches to get rid of the belly. The body has its own process of using up and removing fat, and sometimes it’s not exactly what we want.
Is fat really bad? Most of us have some fat we’re trying to get rid of, and it can affect the way we see ourselves. Body fat is an easy way to store energy when we have a surplus, and allows us to tap into it when there’s scarcity. The trouble only comes from excess fat.
Most of us have some fat we’re trying to get rid of, and it can affect the way we see and feel about ourselves. But it’s important to remember that we as humans need fat in order to live. Developed as survival mechanism, body fat helps us when food and energy are not immediately available. Body fat is an easy way to store energy when we have a surplus, and allows us to tap into it when there’s scarcity. The trouble comes with excess fat.
I wake up way too early so I can have just barely enough time to roll out of bed and head to work. By the time I’m home at the end of the day, I’m too exhausted to even think, let alone to run or lift weights.
This might sound familiar. Maybe it’s your life.
So what do you do? If you don’t have time to work out, how can you be expected to accomplish your fitness goals? Do you just give up and say that working out isn’t for you?
You could. Or you can reassess, get creative, and figure out a way make time to fit fitness into your life, and make working out work for you.
So it’s been three months since you’ve started working out consistently, tracking your progress, logging your meals, and writing down your workouts along the way, and you’ve seen amazing improvements overall. Your mood has improved, you lost 5 pounds, your waistline has dropped by two sizes, and life is good. But no matter how many bicep curls and bench presses you do, you still have those dreaded Goodbye Arms: that stubborn bit of flab under your arms that jiggle relentlessly when you wave. No matter how many crunches and planks you do, you still have a big chunk of belly fat. Why is this happening!?
People in the fitness world love to track. We track our progress, our food, and of course our workouts. And it’s all for good reason: keeping a record of everything, at least for a short period of time, can be extremely helpful to your overall fitness program. While you may not want to add another thing on your list of things to do when you’re just getting started, by keeping a record of your exercise history you can be more aware of exactly what you’re doing and what effect your routine is having on your body and mind.
Together with good goal setting and progress tracking, Exercise Tracking can help provide a full picture of your fitness path and help with assessment. Using these as guides is helpful to figure out what parts of your program are working, which ones are not, and how to progress further. Also, if you’re ever feeling frustrated with your progress, looking back at your tracking systems can be a great way to boost motivation, letting you easily see the improvements and changes you’ve made over time, and be inspired to continue.