Friday, February 1, 2008

AM Fat Burn, When to Do Cardio

AM Fat Burn, When to Do Cardio: "Here are 7 of the additional benefits of doing cardio early in the morning:
  1. It makes you feel great all day by releasing mood-enhancing endorphins.
  2. It 'energizes' you and 'wakes you up.'
  3. It may help regulate your appetite for the rest of the day.
  4. Your body’s circadian rhythm adjusts to your morning routine, making it easier to wake up at the same time every day.
  5. You’ll be less likely to 'blow off' your workout when it’s out of the way early (like when you’re exhausted after work or when friends ask you to join them at the pub for happy hour).
  6. You can always 'make time' for exercise by setting your alarm earlier in the morning.
  7. It increases your metabolic rate for hours after the session is over."

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Body fat scales, analyzers and calipers

There is much disagreement about how to best measure body fat. I preferred using calipers, when I had a good personal trainer who measured me once a month. Interestingly, the numbers came out pretty close to those I received at http://www.biofitness.com/bodyfat2.html

The one problem with the website is you need to take a couple measurements, waist and forearm for men.

The problem with calipers is that you need the same well trained person to do your measurement every time. Otherwise your reading will be less accurate, and not useful for comparison with previous measurements.

The problem with scales and other body fat analyzers is that you need to use them according to their directions, usually the first thing in the morning. Their advantage is that you have a number to go by, without a lot of caliper or tape measurements. Then you can see if you are going up or down in body fat, even if it isn't 100% accurate.

Whatever your device indicates as your body fat, work toward a more healthy percentage. It could be that your body fat percentage is too low!

Check out body fat scales, analyzers and calipers at Amazon.com.

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