Customizing exercise

Exercise is one excellent means of achieving optimal level of health and fitness. However, it should be noted that different people need different levels of exercise. Some customization is necessary when setting fitness goals. It will mainly depend on what you want to specifically achieve. For instance, if you simply want to lose weight, then the most advisable type of exercise would be cardiovascular exercises such as biking, jogging and swimming.

There is actually a wide range of options when it comes to cardio exercises and many are just variations with unfamiliar names and complex moves. When it comes to cardio exercises, the bottom line is to burn excess fats by raising the heartbeat and improving blood flow. Exercises that are included in this category are also known as cardio-pulmonary exercises because they also increase the efficiency of the respiratory system.

The types of exercise that will suit you best will also depend on your body type of built, whether you are a mesomorph (muscular), an ectomorph (slim) or an endomorph (chubby). For example, if you are an ectomorph and already very thin, it is not very advisable to immediately proceed with heavy lifting exercises. Otherwise, you might injure yourself in the process. Certain initial assessment and conditioning will be necessary.

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Portland Oregon Fitness: How To Increase Caloric Burn

Here is a quick tip to increase the amount of calories you will burn, combine muscle groups and a few movements at a time. For example, do a dead-lift, to a biceps curl, and then to a shoulder press. In addition, you can do push-up, hip extension, mountain climbers, and then back to a push-up. This will not only get the heart and lungs to work overtime, but you will burn more calories than just doing one movement.

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Portland Oregon Fitness Trainer: A quick leg workout to burn calories

If you do not have enough time to do your legs at the gym, then before you get in the shower do lunges either in place or walking for 5 minutes not stop. Do them in place, walking, alternating, backwards & sideways. Keep mixing up the patter, but make sure you keep track of time. If you need to pause and stretch, then stop the timer, and when you are ready to start back up again, re-start that timer. Have fun with this exercise, because you legs will really feel it.

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Portland Oregon Fitness: Water and then A Meal!

If you know you have a challenging time with eating or like to go back for seconds, then try drinking a glass of water before you engage in meal time. We are suggesting water because it has zero calories and will create a sense of being partially full when you start to eat your meal. If you are vision person and feel like you need to eat the entire plate, then put less on your plate and finish it. You need to create a game that you will win, but at the same time will get you to your health goal. Try the glass of water, not beer or wine, but water.

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