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Muscle Up

Amberleigh CarterComment

Health/Exercise Tip: Muscle tissue is the ONLY metabolic tissue designed to burn fat. This is why weight-bearing and resistance exercises will always trump cardio when trying to get lean, tightened, and toned. 

However, if you're a lover of running, but want to lose fat and gain muscle (without "bulking up"), make your cardio routine into a muscle-building one:

Sprint for 20-30 seconds (all-out, like a tiger is chasing you) and then walk for 2-5 minutes. Do up to 6 sets of these per workout session (with rest days in between), and you'll start to lose fat & burn more fat even when you're at rest. 

Keep in mind that your ability to build muscle tissue relies heavily on your recovery (sleep, rest days, food/nutrients, & water). So, do your workout, eat, hydrate, and rest well, and the fat will burn off. 

Go get 'em, tiger.

Mental Health

Amberleigh CarterComment

As May comes to an end, I'd like to touch on mental health, as this month is Mental Health Awareness Month! So, here are some tips for your mental health:

Did you know that there are more neurons in your gut than in your brain?! Mental health is just as important as physical health--your mind & body hold hands. So if you suffer with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal tendencies, obsessive compulsive disorder, and the like, nutrition is largely a wonderful way to help! 

1) Salt water lowers histamine and adrenalin levels, which can greatly help to reduce anxiety and the incidence of panic attacks. (Sea salt or Morton Canning & Pickling salt).
2) Fruit is a wonderful mood-booster and helps to clarify thoughts, as it contains a sugar off of which the brain solely runs.
3) Meat & bone broth are also helpful in building neurotransmitters that are responsible for mood.
4) Staying hydrated with water helps to clean out neurotoxins that could be affecting the way that you think.

5) Low levels of cholesterol are associated with increased levels of depression.  Saturated fat, fruit, and lifestyle changes like meditation, rest, sunshine exposure, and exercise (even if it's walking outside) all help to normalize cholesterol levels and are all excellent ways to get back in touch with yourself, find your center, boost your mood, balance emotions, and empower you to conquer your day!

Always be mindful of what's in your food (& lifestyle), as what you eat (& how you live) can manifest into how you view the world!

Lift Weight To Lose Weight

Amberleigh CarterComment

Women today have a fear of getting fat from eating and bulking up from lifting. We are taught that depriving ourselves of calories is healthy and that the only way to burn fat is by running a marathon. 

However, this unknowingly leads you to the very body you don't want!

Restricting calories makes your body eat its own muscle tissue when you do not have enough food in your stomach to fuel you through a workout and recovery. 

Since muscle tissue actually burns fat tissue, and you lose muscle tissue when you don't eat enough, increasing the stress from cardio exercise, while on little-to-no fuel (during a time when you should be eating more), is ironically making you gain more fat tissue.
Building muscle can only happen when you lift weights, eat nutrient-dense foods, and rest.

So stop depriving yourselves and running scared, ladies: lift those weights and eat....because science, not a fad, says so!

Photo credit: Heather Grimm

Why Weight?

Amberleigh CarterComment

Ladies:
Unless you're a body builder and intentionally trying to build muscle like it's your job, you're NOT going to bulk up or spontaneously grow chest hair. 

So how do you lose fat without bulking up? 

Tip #1: Lifting weights and building lean muscle mass plays an ESSENTIAL part in trying to lose fat mass. Muscle tissue is the ONLY metabolic tissue designed to burn fat. So, the best way to lose fat is to gain muscle.

Tip #2: Proper nutrition is a vital catalyst in losing fat. If you deprive yourself of nutrient-dense foods, your body eats its own muscle tissue to get the energy that it needs to survive. Thus, less muscle tissue equals more fat tissue. 

Tip #3: Muscle tissue is broken down in the gym and built during rest. Sleep and relaxation are needed to properly build muscle to lose fat. 

Overall, fat doesn't stand a chance against adequate exercise, nutrition, and rest.  So why wait?  Lift.  Eat.  Rest.  Repeat. 
 

Photo credit: Heather Grimm

Want to Change? Look at your daily routine.

Amberleigh CarterComment

The reason for the current state of your health is found in your daily routine.

If you're wanting to create health, change your routine. It's the small changes each day that lead you to significant ones because changing is living; stagnation is death. 

It's best to equip your body with the means it needs to keep up with your environment: exercise, breathe, hydrate, nourish, meditate, rest--this isn't your New Year's resolution; this is your daily routine. 

So honor your body.  It's the one vehicle given to us for this lifetime.

Sometimes, Less is More

Amberleigh CarterComment

Instead of doing multiple cleanses, signing up for 6 workout classes a week, joining a gym, juicing 2 pounds of fruits and vegetables a day, cutting out sugar and sweets, depriving yourself of food, and running yourself into the ground, try to focus your energy on one thing each day.

Remember to rest, relax, and rejuvenate so that your body is able to recover from the stress that you may be placing upon it.  It's not about how much you're doing, it's about how well you're doing it.