Anytime Fitness - Conifer
10875 U.S. Hwy 285, D-101
Conifer, CO 80433
"Little Ditties” by Jack & Dyanne
Expert answers to your health and wellness questionsQuestion: I know I burn a lot of calories during my workout, but I’ve read that the calorie burn continues even after my workout is done. Is this really true?
Answer: Yes—this is true. This phenomenon is termed EPOC, or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. It’s important to note that the calories your body burns is directly related to the amount of oxygen your body uses to function on a daily basis. Therefore, the more oxygen you consume, the more calories you burn. Many people will have you believe that doing high-intensity (or prolonged) exercise will turn you into an oxygen-consuming, fat-burning machine for the next 24-48 hours afterward. Unfortunately, research has proven this isn't the case. Your metabolic rate is clearly elevated during exercise, but will gradually start to decline after your workout. The pace at which you return to baseline is determined by the duration and intensity of the exercise. The longer and harder you go, the longer it will take for your metabolic rate to return to normal. EPOC refers to the extra oxygen consumed (and, therefore, calories burned) during this timeframe. Unfortunately, despite the claims, EPOC doesn’t contribute significantly to total daily energy expenditure. The calories burned DURING your workout session are what you need to be concerned with...along with just being more active throughout the rest of your day!Question: I was at the gym the other day and saw someone drinking a sports drink during their workout. Is this really needed if you’re only in the club for a typical one-hour workout?
Answer: The short answer is no! The average person, who works out for 60 minutes or less, will need nothing more than water to get them through their workout. Your body has all the fuel it needs to exercise for that long, especially if you start the workout well-fueled—and you should! It really comes down to your goals, and the type of workout you’re doing in order to reach those goals. If optimal performance is your focus, or if the planned workout is very intense or longer in duration, then sports drinks are a wise choice. In these instances, your body will need the extra calories and electrolytes. In fact, research has proven this over and over again. If you have additional questions related to sports drinks and performance, then contact a sports dietitian or personal trainer. Question: I keep reading articles about functional strength training, and the importance of doing full-body, multi-joint movements to maximize results. If this is the latest trend, does it mean that I should stop using the machines at my club?
Answer: Absolutely not! There are numerous strength training methods and modalities, and they all serve a purpose. Machines are perfect for beginners, since they often need guidance on proper exercise form. They’re also beneficial for those looking to strengthen particularly weak areas, since they allow you to isolate individual muscle groups. If you’re a big fan of functional workouts, and you typically do more full-body, multi-joint exercises, that’s great. However, even in this case, machines can provide some additional flexibility in your workout routine. After all, you want to continually challenge the body by changing up your program on a regular basis. Bottom line—the ideal workout program incorporates all of the training methods that are currently available, and this certainly includes exercise machines. The more varied your strength training program is, the better level of fitness you’ll achieve!
Jack Miller and Dyanne Singler are Certified Personal Trainers at Anytime Fitness - Conifer.Anytime Fitness – Conifer’s premier 24 hour health club with over 1300 locations worldwide. http://www.anytimefitness.com/en-us/clu ... ealth-club