That's awesome prairieprincess! I do hope you take Pilates up again- especially since it sounds like it worked pretty well for you! And of course, the whole 'muscle weighing more than fat' thing probably explains why you saw a change in your appearance well before you noticed a weight change. Weight is not always the best measure of fitness... do keep that in mind!

Disclaimer: if the recommendations above are not working for you, I suggest working with a nutritionist: one that can look at your training plan, use metabolic laboratory data (FAT MAX) plus your powermeter data (kJ’s = calories) AND design a meal plan for long term sustainability.  Because after all, we are talking about lifestyle changes, not diets.  Above all, congratulations on the commitment you made to your health and to your power to weight ratio!  Chris Froome here you come.


The boot camp workouts we offer at Edge Body Boot Camp Omaha are different every single time you come. This unique variety also contributes to the effectiveness of training for weight loss and improving strength and endurance. The constant change in our workouts helps to avoid those training plateaus that often occur when someone is sticking to the same routine over and over. This causes your body to never fully adjust to one particular stress which helps you to avoid plateauing as you are continuously making gains or improvements. This variety also helps increase an individual’s  level of commitment to the actual workout program as you never get bored of doing the same thing day in and day out, AND you may actually find yourself looking forward to what challenge today’s boot camp workout may bring.


Stress plays a huge role in weight gain. But the great thing is that stress can be handled, and Pilates workouts are a great way and proven approach to alleviate it. One study revealed that incorporating just two days of Pilates a week can significantly reduce stress. High cortisol levels can help explain why it’s been hard for you to lose weight. That’s because cortisol is a hormone that is known for causing weight gain and a reason why your body may resist losing weight. It rises when you experience stressful situations and also increases your insulin levels. Higher insulin levels can lower your blood sugar level, which prompts you to crave food that is fatty and often sugary. However, reducing stress can lower these levels and ultimately help you lose weight.
This post explains why cycling is the best exercise for weight loss, and describes 7 steps to lose weight by cycling. Cycling burns a lot of calories, and can be sustained for long periods of time because it is so much fun. And because cycling is a low-impact exercise, you can start cycling even if you are very overweight. Many people have lost impressive amounts of weight with the help of cycling, and you could become one of them!
How: Lie back on a flat bench holding a barbell in the rack above you with a shoulder-width, overhand grip. Lift the bar off the rack and position it above your chest with arms fully extended. From the starting position, breathe in and lower the bar slowly until it skims the middle of your chest. Push the bar back to the starting position explosively as you breathe out. That’s one rep.
Pilates burns calories at a low rate, which can make significant weight loss through this type of exercise alone difficult. HealthStatus notes a 155-pound person will burn 130 calories in 30 minutes of advanced Pilates, 181 calories in a 30-minute intermediate class and 223 calories through 30 minutes of practicing Pilates at the advanced level. Sports such as jogging and cycling can burn calories several times faster. Because you won't burn calories quickly practicing Pilates, set your weekly weight-loss goal closer to 1 pound.
For recreational swimmers we suggest you start with the breaststroke or whichever stroke you’re best at performing. The routine below is assuming you’re swimming in a standard recreational pool which is 25 yards (22.86 meters). This is a very basic swimming for weight loss routine, feel free to change up your warm-ups, cool downs and of course – your main set – as you get more comfortable, faster and better in order to keep yourself challenged.
Stress plays a huge role in weight gain. But the great thing is that stress can be handled, and Pilates workouts are a great way and proven approach to alleviate it. One study revealed that incorporating just two days of Pilates a week can significantly reduce stress. High cortisol levels can help explain why it’s been hard for you to lose weight. That’s because cortisol is a hormone that is known for causing weight gain and a reason why your body may resist losing weight. It rises when you experience stressful situations and also increases your insulin levels. Higher insulin levels can lower your blood sugar level, which prompts you to crave food that is fatty and often sugary. However, reducing stress can lower these levels and ultimately help you lose weight.
Another important property of coconut oil is its thermogenic nature. Eating it increases energy expenditure as compared to the same number of calories coming from any other source. According to a recent study taking 15-30 grams of coconut oil (medium chain fats) per day increased the burning of fat by 5 per cent which is 120 calories per day. Calories coming from coconut oil are different than calories coming from butter or olive oil though these are healthy too.

Sit on the mat with your knees bent to your chest and your hands wrapped tightly around the fronts of your ankles. Tuck your head down between your knees, and pull your abs in and up away from the thighs (A). Roll onto your upper back (never allowing the weight of your body to rest on your cervical vertebrae), and roll back up to balance on your tail—but this time, when you roll forward, press your knees and feet tightly together, release your hands, and jump up into the air (B, C, D, and E). Land softly, and reverse the movements back to the mat. Roll back and cannonball up four to six times.

These affect your brain and spine, as well as the nerves that link them together. Epilepsy is one, but others may be helped by a ketogenic diet as well, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and sleep disorders. Scientists aren’t sure why, but it may be that the ketones your body makes when it breaks down fat for energy help protect your brain cells from damage.
No matter how fit you are, climbing up a flight of stairs is always a challenge. That's because steps are designed to be short so that you have to engage additional muscles, like your glutes, quads, and calves, to bring your body up. Take your cardio to the next level, er, step by doing this HIIT StairMaster workout, working your way from a comfortable, moderate pace to all-out effort.
Selecting the right food will be easier as you become accustomed to the Keto approach. Instead of lean meats, you’ll focus on skin-on poultry, fattier parts like chicken thighs, rib-eye steaks, grass-fed ground beef, fattier fish like salmon, beef brisket or pork shoulder, and bacon. Leafy greens such as spinach, kale and lettuce, along with broccoli, cauliflower and cucumbers, make healthy vegetable choices (but you’ll avoid starchy root foods like carrots, potatoes, turnips and parsnips). You can work in less-familiar veggies such as kohlrabi or daikon.
This is the focus of your workout. The set should allow you to maintain a high heart rate over an extended time, which allows you to burn maximum calories. Swim two to four lengths of the pool at a quick pace. Rest for 5-10 seconds and repeat. Beginners should repeat the set three to five times. Individuals who do swimming for fitness, complete ten to fifteen sets. Remember not to over exert yourself and listen to your body. If you can’t do more than one or two sets, move onto the cool down phase and increase the set number week by week.
Castro-Sánchez, A. M., Matarán-Peñarrocha, G. A., Lara-Palomo, I., Saavedra-Hernández, M., Arroyo-Morales, M., & Moreno-Lorenzo, C. (2012). Hydrotherapy for the treatment of pain in people with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled trial [Abstract]. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012. Retrieved from https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/473963/abs/
Gluconeogenesis is the endogenous production of glucose in the body, especially in the liver primarily from lactic acid, glycerol, and the amino acids alanine and glutamine. When glucose availability drops further, the endogenous production of glucose is not able to keep up with the needs of the body and ketogenesis begins in order to provide an alternate source of energy in the form of ketone bodies. Ketone bodies replace glucose as a primary source of energy. During ketogenesis due to low blood glucose feedback, stimulus for insulin secretion is also low, which sharply reduces the stimulus for fat and glucose storage. Other hormonal changes may contribute to the increased breakdown of fats that result in fatty acids. Fatty acids are metabolized to acetoacetate which is later converted to beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone. These are the basic ketone bodies that accumulate in the body as a ketogenic diet is sustained. This metabolic state is referred to as "nutritional ketosis." As long as the body is deprived of carbohydrates, metabolism remains in the ketotic state. The nutritional ketosis state is considered quite safe, as ketone bodies are produced in small concentrations without any alterations in blood pH. It greatly differs from ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition where ketone bodies are produced in extremely larger concentrations, altering blood ph to acidotic a state.
This will depend on your level of fitness. If you’re just starting swimming for weight loss purposes, start with 30 minutes of moderate intensity and incrementally increase your time each week. You should commit about 3-5 days per week to swimming if this is your main form of exercise. You can always add resistance gear to up the intensity and calorie burning!
My point here is that the warnings about the ketogenic principles are well taken and well documented. My concern is implications that this is a fad. I don’t use the word diet with my patients and I’m concerned that the principles behind the label and the real results that these readers have commented on might get minimized. I have found it best to encourage patients to read authors like: Stephen Phinney, Jeff Volek, Patricia Daly, and Charles Gant and the be partners with their doctors and check blood work as they move along. I am not for or against the article. If ketogenic principles offer people enduring, satisfying, and cohesive change then why not read about its potential and flexilbity?
Chickpeas are naturally high in carbs — a single cup contains 45 grams of carbohydrates.31 However, you can modify the recipe to make it more nutritious. Try this recipe from Pete Evans, which replaces the chickpeas with beetroot.32 Beware, though, that beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, so consume them in very controlled amounts.

Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine. He’s the author of the books “Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems,” “Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine” and the upcoming “Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease” (February 2019, published by Little, Brown Spark). He’s a co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, a health company where the mission is to restore health, strength and vitality by providing history’s healthiest whole food nutrients to the modern world.
The best way to burn fat with sprinting: If you’re outside on a track, try sprinting a lap and then jog a lap. Keep repeating this for as long as you can. If you’re on a treadmill, do an all-out sprint for 20-30 seconds, then slow the belt down and jog for a minute or so before repeating. At a stadium or flights of stairs? Run up to the top as fast as you can, then jog or walk down. “It’s never a good idea to run down stairs or bleachers, so use the downward portion for your active rest periods,” says Adams. “Really lift those knees high to get your glutes some great action and build sprinter power in no time.”
As far as fruit goes, frozen berries are best as they are low on the glycemic index. Sometimes I will add a half of a banana or a few frozen peach slices. Use organic fruit when available. Add a tablespoon of chia seeds – they are chock full of Omegas and swell in liquid, allowing you to stay fuller for a longer period of time. Finally. throw in a big old handful of baby kale or spinach – or a cap full of greens powder.
Hi Cyn, The numbers are general guidelines but will vary depending on many factors, such as activity level, insulin resistance, weight and more. There is no single magic number, just conventional recommendations that are a good starting point. I will have a macro calculator coming soon that will help determine what is best for each person, but even then it’s an approximation. The only way to know for sure is to test. If keto is your goal, it’s usually best to start lower and then see if you can stay in ketosis when increasing.
Cycling shoes. Cycling-specific shoes are not necessary for weight loss workouts, but they can make your ride more comfortable. Avid cyclists wear shoes that clip into the pedals. The clips are not necessary, but you may find that a stiff shoe (cycling or otherwise) works better on your workout. The stiffness helps to transfer the pressure from the pedal to your entire foot, making your pedal stroke more efficient and comfortable.
Some bike riders prefer a road bike with thin tires and a sleeker frame. A road bike is lighter and requires less effort when you ride fast. Road bikes are best for paved surfaces and long, uninterrupted stretches of road. But some riders don't feel steady on this style of bike. A road bike requires that you lean slightly forward while you ride. If you have back issues or concerns about safety, this may not be the bike for you.
Use organic, virgin coconut oil for everything! I take a tablespoon every morning. I use it to cook. I mix baking soda with it to cleanse and exfoliate my face. I condition my hair and cuticles with it. I use it under my eyes at night and on my lashes, that I swear are longer and thicker! Coconut oil has unbelievable properties – anti-microbial, healing, metabolism booster, increases skin texture and elasticity and improves immune function to name a few. Just use it, you won’t regret it!
For more advanced swimmers, to be able to lose weight, you will need to maintain proper form and keep your heart rate elevated to reap the benefits of this cardiovascular exercise. Like the above routine, you will want to focus upon interval training. Try to sprint for three laps and then swim one lap slowly. At the end of the last lap, stop and rest for 30 seconds. Continue to repeat this process for 60 minutes. To avoid boredom, consider switching to different stokes such as backstroke or the ever challenging butterfly. Additionally, you can add kicking exercise, where you utilize a kick board, to your routine.
Regular strength training will increase your lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism will operate and the more calories your body will burn. Squatting is a great strength-training exercise that targets your lower back, glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves. Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a barbell behind your neck. Inhale through your nose, keep your chest up, squeeze your core and slowly lower your hips until your knees are bent at 90-degree angles. Your knees should not protrude over your toes. Exhale and raise your hips back to the starting position. Perform four sets of eight repetitions. If you cannot perform each rep with perfect form, use a lighter weight. Rest one minute between each set.

Apart from tracking your rides, of course you will also want to track your weight loss progress. You can do that with a regular scale, but bear in mind that it is vital to ensure your food and exercise mix is causing you to lose only fat, not muscle. For that reason, a really good body composition scale is a great idea. I highly recommend the Nokia Heart Health and Body Composition Scale, which I (and many other people) have had success with. This scale not only tells you what your weight and body composition are, but also tells you your heart rate. You will find that your heart rate decreases as you get fitter, and it is fun and encouraging to record this.


I first borrowed this DVD from my sister. I am new at Pilates and I found this workout to be challenging. I continued to do the workout. because I like the challenge. I like this DVD so much, that I gave my sister's back to her and bought it for myself. I have really seen improvement in my abilities to do Pilates. I try to get this workout in as many days that I can.
The YMCA's Weight Loss Program is supported by a team of trained lifestyle coaches who will help you gain insights into making the healthy choice an easy choice. The program focuses on learning simple nutrition and physical activity habits along with understanding the motivations, obstacles, and pitfalls that make losing weight (and keeping it off) challenging. 
^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Kossoff EH, Zupec-Kania BA, Amark PE, Ballaban-Gil KR, Bergqvist AG, Blackford R, et al. Optimal clinical management of children receiving the ketogenic diet: recommendations of the International Ketogenic Diet Study Group. Epilepsia. 2009 Feb;50(2):304–17. doi:10.1111/j.1528-1167.2008.01765.x. PMID 18823325

Meat – like grass-fed selections – and fresh veggies are more expensive than most processed or fast foods. What you spend on Keto-friendly foods will vary with your choices of protein source and quality. You can select less-expensive, leaner cuts of meat and fatten them up with some oil. Buying less-exotic, in-season veggies will help keep you within budget.

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain function. However, if little carbohydrate remains in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures.[1] Around half of children and young people with epilepsy who have tried some form of this diet saw the number of seizures drop by at least half, and the effect persists even after discontinuing the diet.[2] Some evidence indicates that adults with epilepsy may benefit from the diet, and that a less strict regimen, such as a modified Atkins diet, is similarly effective.[1] Potential side effects may include constipation, high cholesterol, growth slowing, acidosis, and kidney stones.[3]
Remember, any activity that burns calories will help you shed fat all over—including around your middle. Certain swimming exercises also target your core specifically, like flutter kicks (lower abs) and butterfly kicks (obliques). In fact, a 2015 study in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation found that women who swam three times a week shed more fat around their waists and hips compared to those who walked three times a week.

There are many ways in which epilepsy occurs. Examples of pathological physiology include: unusual excitatory connections within the neuronal network of the brain; abnormal neuron structure leading to altered current flow; decreased inhibitory neurotransmitter synthesis; ineffective receptors for inhibitory neurotransmitters; insufficient breakdown of excitatory neurotransmitters leading to excess; immature synapse development; and impaired function of ionic channels.[7]


To max out the benefits of your workout, intensity is the key. HIIT i.e. High Intensity Interval Training involves short intervals of exercise at almost your maximum effort, followed by longer recovery periods. The secret to HIIT is in how hard you work during your intense intervals. The result? Your body's fat-burning potential shoots up and the pounds melt away. High-intensity exercise increases the release of growth hormones, which mobilize fat to be used as fuel. So your 20-minute workout ends up burning more calories throughout the day than a long, easy jog around the block. Robin, instructor at Soul to Sole Academy suggests, “HIIT forces your muscles to work harder, burn more fuel, perform better. It's a smart strategy to help you lose weight fast.”
You can get it on your iPhone or Android, and it’s optional to pair it with a smartwatch. Once you’re in a plan, the app will tell you what your swim workout is, and you can take it with you to the pool to complete. I suggest syncing it with a smartwatch (details here) because it records everything and coaches you through the sets, but you can also bring your phone or a printed version of the workout to the pool.
Another analysis of popular diets published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in April 2015 found the Atkins diet to result in more weight loss than simply educating people on portion control, but also noted that most of the studies of this low-carb diet involved registered dieticians helping participants make food choices, rather than the self-directed process by which most people pick up the diets. That's true of many diet studies, the researchers noted, so study results likely look rosier than weight loss in the real world. 
Over 8–10 mmol/l: It’s normally impossible to get to this level just by eating a keto diet. It means that something is wrong. The most common cause by far is type 1 diabetes, with severe lack of insulin. Symptoms include feeling very sick with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and confusion. The possible end result, ketoacidosis, may be fatal and requires immediate medical care. Learn more
Bid the monotony of exercising goodbye with this ridiculously fun form of dance that blends traditional Bhangra moves with the dynamism of Bollywood beats. You can burn as much as 500 calories per class, and it can be modified to the comfort level of the participant, making it accessible to all ages. Considering your arms do all the dancing, it also strengthens the rotator cuff muscles in your shoulders. All that upper-body action shapes the shoulders, tones arms and sculpts the back. Anyone who's grown up listening to the beat of the dhol, will have their feet tapping to this intense workout.
This workout plan has a lot of variety and gets progressively harder. Why? Not just to make you stronger and more fit, but to make sure you keep losing weight. When you do a workout over and over again, it eventually gets easier, which means your body doesn’t have to work as hard and therefore burns fewer calories. So your motto is always better. Every week you want to be better than the previous week.
"If you are trying to lose a bunch of weight and you don’t know how to engage your core, you are not going to burn calories as effectively," says Speir. "We teach you to use your core at the deepest level, then we add in cardio, plyometrics, and HIIT-style moves. Once you’re using the muscles in the traditional Pilates fashion, you add in some cardio to spike the heart rate and you have a super-effective weight loss workout."
Enjoy a private yoga, Pilates, or personal training session with me in the comfort of your home, private studio, or location of your choice. I customize and tailor each session to each client’s needs. You get unique personal attention, support, and the encouragement to meet your fitness, health, and wellbeing goals. Are you ready to commit to your fitness goals and see real results?
Enjoy a private yoga, Pilates, or personal training session with me in the comfort of your home, private studio, or location of your choice. I customize and tailor each session to each client’s needs. You get unique personal attention, support, and the encouragement to meet your fitness, health, and wellbeing goals. Are you ready to commit to your fitness goals and see real results?

Spinning, whether it's on an actual bike or a stationary one, is one of the best ways to burn calories and build endurance. If you don't like running, spinning is a low-impact alternative that'll crank up your heart rate. But there's more to pushing the pedal than speed. By practicing good form and engaging your core as well as your thighs and glutes, spinning can be a full-body workout, too. Whether you're doing a heavy climb in first position or sprinting in second, your core is the key to spinning efficiently and quickly. And as you drive your foot down with each stroke, it's all about squeezing your inner thighs.


The strong postural muscles you acquire through Pilates also help improve your body composition and cause you to store less fat in your midsection, showed a 2016 study published in Physical Therapy Science. The benefits to the 36 women in the study (20 practiced Pilates; 16 were in the control group with no practice) occurred after 12 weeks of three Pilates sessions per week.

On the ketogenic diet, carbohydrates are restricted and so cannot provide for all the metabolic needs of the body. Instead, fatty acids are used as the major source of fuel. These are used through fatty-acid oxidation in the cell's mitochondria (the energy-producing parts of the cell). Humans can convert some amino acids into glucose by a process called gluconeogenesis, but cannot do this by using fatty acids.[57] Since amino acids are needed to make proteins, which are essential for growth and repair of body tissues, these cannot be used only to produce glucose. This could pose a problem for the brain, since it is normally fuelled solely by glucose, and most fatty acids do not cross the blood–brain barrier. However, the liver can use long-chain fatty acids to synthesise the three ketone bodies β-hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate and acetone. These ketone bodies enter the brain and partially substitute for blood glucose as a source of energy.[56]
Dr. Campos, it is unfortunate that you retain the medical community’s negative stance on the ketogenic diet, probably picked up in medical school when you studied ketoacidosis, in the midst of an obesity and type II diabetes epidemic that is growing every year, especially among populations who will never see the Harvard Health Letter. The medical community has failed in reversing this trend, especially among children, and the public is picking up the tab, in the form of higher health insurance premiums to treat chronic metabolic diseases which doctors cannot cure. The ketogenic diet does not bid its adherents to eat unhealthy processed meats, and the green leafy vegetables that it emphasizes are important in a number of nutritional deficiencies. People lose weight on the ketogenic diet, they lose their craving for sugar, they feel more satiety, they may become less depressed, their insulin receptors sensitivity is improved, and these are all the good outcomes you fail to mention. There is a growing body of research which demonstrates the neuroprotective effects of the ketogenic diet to slow cancer progression, as well as diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, for which there are no effective medical treatments. Please respect your patients by providing them with evidence-based medical outcomes, not opinions.
Disclaimer: if the recommendations above are not working for you, I suggest working with a nutritionist: one that can look at your training plan, use metabolic laboratory data (FAT MAX) plus your powermeter data (kJ’s = calories) AND design a meal plan for long term sustainability.  Because after all, we are talking about lifestyle changes, not diets.  Above all, congratulations on the commitment you made to your health and to your power to weight ratio!  Chris Froome here you come.
Cut out or at least cut way down on wheat and dairy. This is due to the way they are manufactured these days more so than anything. There are entire books written on this. Because of genetic engineering of wheat, there are tens of brand new gluten proteins created that our bodies don’t know how to process. This is causing symptoms like brain fog, irritability, fatigue, bloating, digestion issues and weight gain. No thanks! Dairy is also a very common irritant to many that don’t realize it. There are so many healthy alternatives these days that it’s not hard to go dairy and wheat free. It has made a huge difference for many of my clients as well as for myself.
In the 1960s, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) were found to produce more ketone bodies per unit of energy than normal dietary fats (which are mostly long-chain triglycerides).[15] MCTs are more efficiently absorbed and are rapidly transported to the liver via the hepatic portal system rather than the lymphatic system.[16] The severe carbohydrate restrictions of the classic ketogenic diet made it difficult for parents to produce palatable meals that their children would tolerate. In 1971, Peter Huttenlocher devised a ketogenic diet where about 60% of the calories came from the MCT oil, and this allowed more protein and up to three times as much carbohydrate as the classic ketogenic diet. The oil was mixed with at least twice its volume of skimmed milk, chilled, and sipped during the meal or incorporated into food. He tested it on 12 children and adolescents with intractable seizures. Most children improved in both seizure control and alertness, results that were similar to the classic ketogenic diet. Gastrointestinal upset was a problem, which led one patient to abandon the diet, but meals were easier to prepare and better accepted by the children.[15] The MCT diet replaced the classic ketogenic diet in many hospitals, though some devised diets that were a combination of the two.[10]
2. Actually work. Going through the motions won't help you lose weight — even if you half-ass it for 45 minutes. "From a scientific perspective, it's the intensity of exercise that raises the metabolism," says Jackowski. Instead of worrying about your heart rate, stick with this rule of thumb: If you don't feel winded and you have the capacity to step it up, you should be moving faster. So long as you tax you system, you'll benefit just as much as someone who's more fit and running faster than you on next treadmill.
Wondering how does swimming help you lose weight, especially since it doesn’t help in spot reduction? Since it uses all muscle groups (large and small), it can lead to quicker weight loss than other workouts. “Swimming with resistance is harder than being on the treadmill. You could increase and decrease the intensity without stressing the body. It helps burn more calories and works the core continuously burning more belly fat. And doing some crunches post the swim could further help in toning the abs,” says Kothari.
Regular strength training will increase your lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism will operate and the more calories your body will burn. Squatting is a great strength-training exercise that targets your lower back, glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves. Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a barbell behind your neck. Inhale through your nose, keep your chest up, squeeze your core and slowly lower your hips until your knees are bent at 90-degree angles. Your knees should not protrude over your toes. Exhale and raise your hips back to the starting position. Perform four sets of eight repetitions. If you cannot perform each rep with perfect form, use a lighter weight. Rest one minute between each set.
Also, there are also a whole host of apps you can download to your smart phone to track your rides and your progress for FREE. Good ones include Strava, Map my Ride, Google Maps, Cyclemeter, and Wahoo Fitness. Strava is my favorite, and it’s good for the global cycling community as well! You could also buy the excellent and simple-to-use Garmin 25 (reviewed here), the smallest GPS bike computer in the world.
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