The best fitness advice around town
Q: What are the best classes to build core strength and definition but also get a cardio workout?
A: I would suggest mind and body classes such as barre, Pilates or yoga. These classes help clear the mind, improve overall focus, build core strength, improve cardiovascular endurance and help old injuries. Two to three barre classes per week will help you tone and feel better from the inside out.
Q: What should my heart rate be during a workout?
A: To find your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220 beats per minute (bpm). With that formula, a 40-year-old has an estimated heart rate maximum of 180 bpm. To get the most from a shorter interval workout, spend at least one minute at a heart rate of 85 to 90 percent of your max and a recovery minute at about 70 to 80 percent of your max. Repeat these intervals throughout your workout. To encourage fat burn during a longer workout, you can spend more time in the range of 70 to 85 percent of your max.
Q: I’m new to strength training. How can I make sure I’m getting a good workout?
A: Track your workouts by paper, an app, or hire a personal trainer to do this for you. This helps gauge your progress and show strength improvement from workout to workout over weeks or months. Begin with a small amount of weight – you can always do more reps at a slower pace to achieve muscle fatigue. Keep track of your heart rate and listen to your body; push yourself, but don’t overdo it.
Q: How can I find time to work out when I have so many other things to keep up with?
A: Consider what you can eliminate for exercise time. Think of it this way: if you eliminate watching 30 minutes of TV a few time a week and swap that with a workout, you can easily enjoy the benefits of giving your health a boost. It’s about committing to regular exercise, even just for 30 minutes. And it’s OK if you need a little bit of motivation and coaching to reach your goals – that’s what we’re here for!