You may think the more calories you burn during a workout the better, but the #quality of your workouts is really what counts toward your fitness and health goals. An emphasis on calorie burn as a measure of the effectiveness of your workout is actually quite shortsighted and may undermine your goals.😳
How many calories you burn during a workout depends on numerous factors, including your size, intensity level, fitness level, activity and body-fat ratio.
What constitutes a good calorie burn for you isn't necessarily what constitutes a good calorie burn for everyone else. If you are at a healthy weight and your friend is overweight, she/he may burn more calories doing the same workout -- but that doesn't make his session "better" than yours.
Over time, you can work up to a higher burn rate, but be patient; going too hard, too soon in an attempt to burn a large number of calories can lead to burnout and injury. Your goal should be to increase physical activity, not to achieve a particular number of calories burned.
Calories aren't everything...
Cardio activities, such as jogging, cycling and aerobic dance, tend to give you the biggest calorie burn -- about 200 to 400 per half hour for a 155-pound person. Calories burned isn't the only measure of a good workout, however. Resistance training, which helps change your body's composition so you have a greater amount of lean muscle tissue, burns fewer calories than cardio. However, when you have more lean muscle, you look toned and fit and burn a slightly greater amount of calories at rest. A paper published in a 2012 issue of "Current Sports Medicine Reports" notes that just 10 weeks of regular resistance training can increase your metabolism by 7 percent and reduce fat. A 155-pound person may burn only 112 calories per 30-minute session, but this doesn't take into account the other benefits of that workout. So lift dem weights! 💪🏽
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