Portland Oregon Fitness: Increase your weight resistance

If you need to know when to increase your weight then here is a quick tip. If you are always in the 12, 15 or 20 repetition range, when you can do at least 3 to 4 sets hitting that specific number, it is time to increase the weight and strive to get that number again. If you are completing the full amount reps per set still, then increase the weight a little bit again.

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Portland Oregon Fitness: Don’t read when you are doing cardio!

If you want to get the most out of your cardio/aerobic system, then don’t waste that exercise session by reading a book. I don’t care what device you read it on, you need need to be in a good target heart range in order to get a great cardiorespiratory workout.

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Portland Oregon Fitness: What are some Great Post Workout Snacks?

If you are having a challenging time finding some great sources of protein & carbohydrates here are a few:

Tuna w/crackers, string cheese w/crackers, peanut butter & jelly (one slice of bread on wheat), hard boiled egg with crackers, chocolate milk (skim or low-fat), whey protein shake, protein bar from a reputable brand, and sometimes a slice of cheese with a wheat or whole grain tortilla. Make sure the products you ingest are of good quality and from a reputable source.

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Portland Oregon Fitness: Using Sugar Substitutes

A lot of us consumers use sugar substitutes because we all like the taste of the real thing, SUGAR! The question remains, are these sugar substitutes healthy for us to ingest? There are plant based substitutes out there that are becoming very popular, but would it make better sense just to ingest brown sugar in moderation? Maybe using agave nectar or organic honey from a local farm in our coffee would be a better choice! Sometimes ingesting real natural products to provide that sweetness could be better. At least we know excactly what we are putting in our foods, but moderation may be the key to this answer. We want you to be healthy, so the more information we know the better choices we can make!

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Portland Oregon Fitness: Do you need a Personal Trainer

If you are looking to take your fitness to the next level or want to reach your goals in a quick, but safer manner, then yes,  you need to work with a trainer. Even if you are a seasoned fitness enthusiast, working with a trainer can always help you. The crazy thing, when trainers want to learn new exercises, they will either watch a trainer or take some sessions from a trainer. As a last fact, even the professional athletes work with trainers because they know what is needed to take them to the next level.

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