women's fitness training kelowna

Women’s fitness training Kelowna

Women’s fitness training Kelowna

Leigh Carter Personal Trainer

 

Time to hit the weights
Despite study after study supporting the benefits of strength training, many women still opt for cardio over weight training. Maybe they’re worried about “bulking up.” Women have seen a few too many beefy men grunting it out in the weight room and fear that if they pick up a dumbbell, they’ll suddenly start to resemble a linebacker, too. However women have far to much estrogen in their hormonal makeup for this to be likely.

The benefits of a correctly implemented strength routine for women are endless, here are a few to get you started !

1. Your metabolism will soar
As women age, they naturally lose muscle mass. This causes your metabolism to slow, which means you could start building a spare tire by the time you reach your 30s. “When you do weight-bearing exercises, you start revving up your metabolism—and it keeps burning for many hours after your workout.

2. You’ll you burn fat
Muscle tissue is more “active” than fat tissue, with each pound burning about 30 calories a day just to sustain itself. So even if you’re sitting on the couch or are stuck at your desk for eight hours a day, the extra muscle mass you develop will burn more calories, helping you keep weight off for good.

3. Your body will get tighter
While cardio is important and will help melt fat, weights sculpt your body, creating curves and definition right where you want it. They also help fight the effects of gravity, making you much less likely to have arm jiggle in your upper arms.

4. You’ll fit into your skinny jeans
One pound of fat takes up much more space than one pound of muscle. So even though muscle weighs more, what do you want all over your body? Something that’s bulky, like body fat, or something that’s lean, and takes up less space, like muscle?

5. You’ll reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes
Curbing age-related muscles loss isn’t just good for your looks; it can protect your heart and help ward off type 2 diabetes, too. Muscle helps remove glucose and triglycerides from the bloodstream, which reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as hardening of the arteries.

6. Your blood pressure could drop
Strength training lowers blood pressure for 10 to 12 hours after each session, which gives your heart a break. How strength training does this is not completely understood, but it probably has subtle effects on everything from hormones to nervous system regulation.

7. You can do it anytime, anywhere
You don’t need a lot of space or a lot of special equipment to get a great strength workout. Simply using your own bodyweight through the use of pushups, planks, chair dips, squats, and pull-ups is enough to tone and strengthen your entire body.

8. You’ll blast loads of calories
Plyometric strength moves (think squat jumps and burpees) and kettlebell workouts skyrocket your heart rate, which boosts the calorie burn of regular strength training routines. These types of workouts give you cardio, strength, and sculpting all in one, which is a great timesaver.

9. It’s good for your bones
Strength training is one of the 12 best ways to break-proof your bones. Lifting weights can help counteract age-related bone loss. Strengthening your muscles also improves balance and keeps you as strong as possible which lowers your chances of a fall-related fracture.

10. Smooths your cellulite

Unlike creams that are all talk, daily cardio combined with two to three strength training sessions can help diminish the appearance of cellulite.

 

The list could go on forever so why not start strength training today ?

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Kelowna Fat Reduction

Kelowna Fat Reduction

Learn where to start with your fat loss goals

Leigh Carter Personal Trainer

 

Fat reduction should be simple, right ?

Well yes and no, if you eat less and move more, the likelihood is that you will start to lose some weight and some of that will be fat!

If you search the internet you will find a million different products and techniques for losing your unwanted bodyfat, however the first and most important thing that you should start doing is reducing the size of your meals and getting some exercise. Over time and with correct education your meals should become healthier and the portion sizes relative to your current goal. Below is a brief overview of how to turn your body into a fat burning machine!

 

STAY OFF THE SCALE

That you can gain muscle and lose fat is one of the reasons I stress to people not to follow the scale. Body composition and how you look in the mirror matters more than what the scale says.

You could train hard and eat right and build five pounds of muscle and lose five pounds of fat, and what will the scale say? That you still weigh the same.

Frustrating, even though you’ve made good progress. Use the scale as a guide, but how you look in the mirror, how you feel, and how your clothes fit are much better indicators of your progress.

REDUCE YOUR CALORIES GRADUALLY

If you’re looking to lose fat, don’t make huge calorie cuts. This will kick your body into starvation mode, reducing your metabolism and making it more difficult to burn off the fat.

To prevent this metabolic slowdown and allow your body to burn fat at an optimal rate, make smaller calorie reductions every week or two.

VARY YOUR CALORIC INTAKE

This is another way to outsmart your body and continue to lose body fat without lowering your metabolism.

By varying your caloric intake every few days instead of eating the exact same amount of calories every day, keep the starvation mechanism in check and continue to burn fat.

Says Jim Stoppani, Ph.D:

“Although in today’s society food tends to be accessible and abundant, our bodies are designed to store as much energy as possible to prepare for times of scarcity. One way the body does this is by adjusting its metabolic rate based on calorie intake.

If you stick with the same calories every single day while dieting, your body will adjust by lowering metabolic rate to prevent you from burning off too much body fat. It’s all about hormones.

When leptin levels are high, your metabolic rate stays high; when leptin levels drop, so does your metabolic rate.

When calories are low and steady, leptin levels fall and so does metabolic rate. Eating higher calories on some days and lower calories on others helps to keep leptin levels up.”

TRAIN WITH WEIGHTS

Resistance training helps with fat loss in a number of ways. Weight training itself burns calories. Studies also show that, unlike aerobic exercise, weight training increases the calories you burn at rest for up to 39 hours after your workout.

Plus, the more muscle your body has, the more calories you burn each day.

Even if your goal is solely to lose body fat, you need to train with weights. This will help prevent any of the weight you lose from being muscle.

Were that to happen, your metabolism would slow, stalling your fat-loss efforts and turning you into a skinny-fat person.

Yes, even someone with anorexia can have a high body fat percentage.

DO HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVALS (HIIT)

This means alternating a brief period of high-intensity exercise with brief rest periods.

The result: better results in less time.

One of my favorite interval methods is jumping rope. You may need to practice a bit on this one. After a brief warmup, I’ll jump rope as fast as I can for 10-20 seconds, followed by a half a minute at a slower cadence.

Always warm up before intervals, by the way. If you’re not in the best shape, start with cardio of low or moderate intensity. You might also want to check with your doctor.

EAT MORE FAT

Consuming enough of the good fats will help you lose fat, build muscle, and recover faster from your workouts. Healthy fats also have myriad health benefits, including being good for your heart.

So which fats are “good” fats? The polyunsaturated ones (especially omega-3s), such as those from fish and nuts, and the monounsaturated kind, such as those from peanut butter, olive oil, egg yolks, and fish oil.

CUT CARBS

The attention focused on low-carb diets has divided many people into “pro” and “anti” low-carb camps. Whichever side you’re on, the bottom line is that reducing your carb intake—especially sugar and starches—when trying to lose fat will help.

Those carbs you do consume should come from sources such as oatmeal and vegetables.

The timing of your carb intake also affects fat-burning. I recommend tapering down carbohydrates by 3 p.m. Consume most of your carbs in the morning and around your workouts.

INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN

Increasing protein intake will increase your metabolism and help to maintain your muscle mass, all of which helps with fat-burning. In fact, your body burns more calories when you eat protein than when you digest either fats or carbs.

This may explain why the fat-burning effects of eating more protein were confirmed in a study published in the American Journal of Physiology. One group was fed a high-protein diet (just over 1 gram per pound of body weight per day) while the second group consumed an amount closer to the lower recommendation of the RDA (recommended dietary allowance). The group eating the higher-protein diet burned the most fat.

EAT 6 SMALLER MEALS PER DAY, NOT 2-3 FEASTS

This will ensure that you supply your body with the nutrients necessary to build muscle and burn fat.

Bonus: Your resting metabolic rate increases. It will also prevent your body from kicking into “starvation” mode, which can happen when too much time elapses between meals.

If this happens, your body will start burning muscle for energy and increasing your body-fat stores, as well as slowing down your metabolism. This is the exact opposite of what you want to happen.

Don’t be the kind of person who complains about your situation but never does anything to improve it. Don’t become “happy” with the status quo of being miserable. Now use this knowledge to take action!

 

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Immune system boosting foods

Immune system boosting foods

Leigh Carter

Personal Trainer Kelowna

Your diet plays a part in strengthening your immune system. Sadly, too many of us don’t eat enough of the fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods we need to keep ourselves healthy year-round. You can’t just eat an orange or grapefruit and expect one quick burst of vitamin C to prevent a cold. A truly healthy immune system depends on a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals over time, plus normal sleep patterns and a hefty dose of exercise.

With some exceptions, it’s best to get your vitamins and minerals from your food rather than in pill form. Here are some tips for getting the top vitamins your immune system needs to perform.

Vitamin C

You probably know about vitamin C’s connection to the immune system, but did you know you can get it from much more than just citrus fruits? Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, bell peppers, brussels sprouts, strawberries and papaya are also excellent sources. In fact, vitamin C is in so many foods that most people may not need to take supplements unless a doctor advises it.

Vitamin E

Like vitamin C, vitamin E can be a powerful antioxidant that helps your body fight off infection. Almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds are all high in vitamin E. So are spinach and broccoli if you prefer to increase your intake through meals rather than snacks.

Vitamin B6

This important vitamin — part of nearly 200 biochemical reactions in your body — is critical in how your immune system functions. Foods high in vitamin B6 include bananas, lean chicken breast, cold-water fish such as tuna, baked potatoes and chickpeas. Bring on the hummus!

Vitamin A

For vitamin A, go colorful. Foods that are high in colorful compounds called carotenoids — carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe and squash — are all great options. The body turns these carotenoids into vitamin A, and they have an antioxidant effect to help strengthen the immune system against infection.

Vitamin D

As mentioned above, it’s best to get most of your vitamins from food, but vitamin D may be the exception to that rule. You can increase your intake through foods such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines) and fortified foods such as milk, orange juice and cereals. Many people have a hard time absorbing vitamin D from food, so if you have a vitamin D deficiency, talk to your doctor about supplements.

Folate/folic acid

Folate is the natural form, and folic acid is the synthetic form, often added to foods because of its health benefits. To get more folate, add more beans and peas to your plate on a regular basis, as well as leafy green vegetables. You can also get folic acid in fortified foods (check the label) such as enriched breads, pastas, rice and other 100 percent whole-grain products.

Iron

Iron, which helps your body carry oxygen to cells, comes in different forms. Your body can more easily absorb “heme iron,” which is abundant in lean poultry such as chicken and turkey, plus seafood. But never fear, vegetarians: You can get other forms of iron in beans, broccoli and kale.

Selenium

Selenium seems to have a powerful effect on the immune system, including the potential to slow the body’s over-active responses to certain aggressive forms of cancer. You can find it in garlic, broccoli, sardines, tuna, brazil nuts and barley, among other foods.

Zinc

You can find zinc in oysters, crab, lean meats and poultry, baked beans (skip the kind with added sugar), yogurt and chickpeas. Zinc appears to help slow down the immune response and control inflammation in your body.

 

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Immune system boosting foods

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HCG Diet Kelowna

HCG Diet Kelowna

HCG Diet Kelowna – A look into the world of quick fix diet techniques

First and foremost it is not my position to judge people on how they choose to approach their diet, if people choose to use methods such as the HCG diet, it works for them and they are happy then that’s ok. I like to look at and analyze all ways of getting people to a healthy weight.

My immediate opinion on anything that appears to be a quick fix is that even if it does work, the simple fact is the person who has just lost the weight has usually not addressed the cause of why they were overweight in the first place and will quickly fall back into old habits. I completely understand the temptation of having all that excess weight disappear overnight but from 15 years of personal training and nutrition coaching, I know that 9 times out of 10 that person just simply yo-yo’s their weight up and down and never really gets anywhere. My approach is simple as a personal trainer it is my job to motivate my clients to continuously work hard with their strength and fitness training and to monitor and educate them about their dietary choices. Motivation can come in many different ways but I find that everyone has a button that when pressed, gets them working hard and focused on being healthy and over time they fall into better habits, start to understand how damaging their bad food choices are and really begin to enjoy exercise and all the wonderful things it brings to their lives.

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The Promise

Take a “natural” hormone the body makes during pregnancy — and lose a lot of weight? That’s the promise that’s turned the hCG Diet — named after that hormone — into a craze that just won’t quit. If you also go on an ultra-low-calorie diet, backers claim, hCG can “reset your metabolism” so you lose as much as a pound a day without feeling hungry or weak.

Here’s what the science says: Any super-low-cal diet will result in weight loss. Most studies have found that hCG (stands for human chorionic gonadotropin) has nothing to do with it.

The hCG diet limits you to 500 calories a day for 8 weeks while taking hCG, either by getting a shot or by taking a “homeopathic” product, such as oral drops, pellets, or sprays, which you can buy at the store.

None of this is approved by the FDA for weight loss. The shots themselves are legal, as long as a health care provider gives them to you. (They’re approved to treat fertility issues.) But over-the-counter hCG products are not. The FDA has sent warning letters to several companies that market homeopathic hCG products.

What You Can Eat and What You Can’t

You won’t be eating much. The diet lets you have two meals a day, lunch and dinner. Each meal has to include one protein, one vegetable, one bread, and one fruit.

You can broil or grill veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp as long you don’t eat any visible fat. No salmon, eel, tuna, herring, or dried or pickled fish are allowed.

Vegetables choices include spinach, chard, chicory, beet greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, and cabbage.

Bread can be one breadstick or one piece of melba toast.

For fruit, you can choose an orange, an apple, a handful of strawberries, or half a grapefruit. The diet allows as much water, coffee, and tea as you want. You can also have up to 1 tablespoon of milk per day.

You can use sugar substitutes but not sugar to sweeten drinks. Butter and oils aren’t allowed.

Level of Effort: High

It’s very hard to stick with the strict calorie limit. Not only is it uncomfortable to live on just 500 calories a day, it can be dangerous. It’s impossible to meet all your nutritional needs on so few calories. You may not get enough protein, either. If you’re getting less than 1,200 calories a day, it’s going to be challenging to get enough vitamins and minerals without supplements.

Doctors sometimes recommend a very-low-calorie diet (under 1,000 calories per day) if someone is obese and has a medical condition such as high blood pressure, but these diets are always carefully supervised by a doctor.

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: Its fans say anyone can follow the hCG diet. But that doesn’t mean it’s safe, especially for vegetarians. The diet’s creators say that vegetarians would have to drink extra skim milk to make up for not getting protein from meat and other sources. Because it includes dairy, it’s not a vegan diet.

Gluten-free: This isn’t a gluten-free diet.

So the facts are there and with many people the jury is still out, its obvious to me that a huge calorie reduction is going to help you lose weight whatever happens and if you really are going to go to all that effort and expense why not just focus that in on something real. we all know that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise is the best way to maintain your weight so why not contact me know and find out what a personal trainer can do for you.

Contact Leigh Carter Personal Training Kelowna now for your free consultation

SOURCES:
American Society of Bariatric Physicians: “Use of HCG in the Treatment of Obesity.”
Bosch, B. South African Medical Journal, Feb. 18, 1990.
HCG Diet Council: “The Original HCG Simeons Diet,” “Pounds & Inches: A New Approach to Obesity.”
Birmingham, C. Canadian Medical Association Journal, May 15, 1983.
Heather Mangieri, RDN, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “For Consumers: HCG Diet Products Are Illegal,” “Questions and Answers on HCG Products for Weight Loss.”

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Lime Juice

Lime Juice the anti aging citrus !

Limes help your skin look younger, and are packed with calcium.

Here are five other amazing feats these green superheros can perform for you:

1. Limes are good for women’s health. These citrus gems contain calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. One fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. Not bad for a tiny little fruit!

2. Lime peels can combat aging skin. The peels of citrus fruits contain an inhibitor of melanin production. With age and UV ray exposure, melanin, which gives skin its pigment, can build up and deposit itself as spots on your skin. Treating skin to a mask with bits of lime peel in it could reduce this hyperpigmentation.

3. Limes are anti-carcinogenic. The limonoid compounds in limes have been shown to prevent cancers of the colon, stomach and blood. Though the exact mechanism is unknown, scientists have observed that antioxidant limonoids also cause cancer cell death. Lime limonoids also stay active longer in your bloodstream, mopping more free radicals than green tea or dark chocolate.

4. Lime juice can help prevent formation of kidney stones. Fresh or from concentrate, lime juice contains more citric acid than orange or grapefruit juice. Citric acid is a natural inhibitor of kidney stones made of crystallized calcium. Go for fresh lime juice squeezed into water, as opposed to commercial limeades, for maximal benefits.

5. Limes may lower cholesterol. The primary flavonoid found in the limes, known as hesperidin, has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in animals fed a high-cholesterol diet. Get the most hesperidin out of heart-smart limes by eating as much of the white pith as possible.

Why not integrate limes into your diet, this could be as simple as squeezing a whole lime into your bottle of water for the day.

Find out more ways to improve your diet contact Leigh Carter Personal Training Kelowna today for your free consultation.