A word about being SORE
You'll find with SkinnyLegs that you will often be sore. We believe it is a good sore though and some may feel it at different times than others, either when you get home and sat down for a bit and as soon as you get up, arghh! Others will feel it the next morning and yet others will get something called DOMS - delayed onset muscle soreness - which means you won't feel it the day after but the next day.
The reason we (SkinnyLegs) keep feeling sore is that muscles have memory and if you continually work the same muscle, it will get used to the movement and become stronger (and in many cases, larger!) SkinnyLegs uses different muscles and ligaments all the time in both cardio and muscular structure work that are not repetitive and therefore keep them fired up and not allowing them to bulk. Instead, and because we target the secondary muscles as opposed to the larger muscles (why bother, you use them every day already!) we'll be waking up muscles we don't use all the time, pulling the larger muscles in and then shaking off any flubber left behind!
A word about EXERCISE AND APPETITE
Think you can Eat and Run? Sneak in a cookie before your workout and it'll magically be worked off? Reward yourself since you think your metabolism is still chewing the fat? In this month's Fitness magazine there's an article about just what we try to get away with and why it may not work out the way we'd like.
Good news? Frequent exercise appears to restore the brain's ability to tell us when we are hungry or not. Ever heard of emotional eaters? Exercise lifts your mood as well so the more you do it, the happier you'll be so you won't have to drown your sorrows in leftover birthday cake!
Here's some of the things we try to tell ourselves:
Your metabolism is still working so you'll work off your end of workout reward - your metabolism actually keeps working in order to return to a resting state and while we think it'll burn off the calories of the treat, it's more like less than 100 calories. Reward yourself just 100 calories every night after a workout and we have to do another workout to work off the reward! Don't get me wrong, I'd like you to stay with SkinnyLegs forever!
Candy bar pre-workout for energy that you'll burn off? Ok, first of all, I know you're not downing a Mars bar, but if you look at the ingredients in your "power protein bar" you'll find just as much sugar ('evaporated cane juice' and honey's right there masking as evil sugar) as in the Mars bar so same thing. Here's the thing - Hi glycemic index foods (processed, white flour bagels, energy bars) raise insulin concentration, suppressing the body's ability to burn fat. So it stays STORED as FAT!! Yikes! Opt for easy to digest foods if you must eat (two hours before is best to avoid upsetting things!) before hand such as fruit (alone on an empty stomach is best) or almonds (unsalted best to avoid salt water retention) or put them together in a natural bar like LaraBar. Just remember you probably don't need the extra 200 calories anyway.
FYI calories burned in SkinnyLegs - we'll have to check in with Seonaid's heart rate monitor every Tues/Thurs night but looks like we've hit around the 500+ mark for calories burned in class! That's great!
"I went bikini shopping and it wasn't a horrible experience! I'm definitely skinnier! "
"Since I have started exercising with you last April, I have lost 20 pounds! I almost never weigh myself but thought it was about time, and there you go! At the end of March I will ask you to do my measurements again, to see the year-end accomplishments"
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