Why Aerobics May Be Making you Fat?

Now that I got your attention; let me clarify. Aerobics or cardiovascular (CV) exercise doesn’t directly make you fat; however it can work against you if you are trying to lose fat; get lean when you don’t have a concern for muscle (lean body mass).

A few key facts about cardio exercise and resistance training to preserve skeletal muscle, or as well call it here at My Fitness Kitchen – “Concern for Muscle”:

Cardio exercise

• Cardio is your best source for expending calories per unit of time;

• Cardio also can be catabolic (destructive process of breaking muscle tissue down for fuel) relative to maintaining lean body mass.

Skeletal muscle (Concern for skeletal Muscle)

• Muscle is your metabolism.

• Muscle is where body fat is metabolized (burned) for fuel in presence of oxygen.

• Muscle at rest is more metabolically active, allowing individuals to burn more calories throughout the day when not exercising or at rest.

• Muscle occupies less space than body fat. This is essential if you are trying to lose inches and get thin!

Individuals who only do cardio exercise, because of its catabolic nature, may over-time sacrifice muscle in the process. When this occurs, individuals are basically making their metabolism less efficient to burn calories. This is why it isn’t unusual for individuals who fall into this category to find themselves doing more and more cardio exercise to just maintain their current weight.

This is not to say not to perform cardio exercise; as it plays a key role in losing and/or maintaining weight. Rather this statement is to bring attention to effective body transformation and long-term weight management. This can be accomplished by activating skeletal muscle with progressive resistance exercise in conjunction with your cardio workouts and can be the difference between getting the results you always wanted and spending more time doing cardio exercise while not seeing results.

Another worry with this lack of concern for muscle is when an individual has to reduce their cardio activity due to various reasons (illness, injury, work, vacation, etc.) they gain weight back much easier and quicker because of the less lean body mass and lowered metabolism.

For more in-depth information on this topic, please visit our website site www.myfitnesskitchen.com to download the actual article or stop by our facility to pick up the article and/or talk with one of our fitness professionals. For those interested in redefining their metabolism, stop by to ask about our “U-Can-2 Weight Loss program” to transform your body for a healthier NEW YOU.

At My Fitness Kitchen™ in addition to our attention to supportive nutrition, we are proud to have the areas most comprehensive services for both cardio and resistance training regardless of fitness level and age. Whether it is our group exercise classes (Zumba©, Spinning®, Pilates, Yoga, Cardio-Kickboxing, etc.), user-friendly cardio equipment with personal TV’s or the area’s only personalized cardio coaching technology via MP3 download; everyone is guaranteed cardio workouts unavailable anywhere else. Understanding not everyone may be comfortable with resistance training; My Fitness Kitchen™ has the most diverse offerings to make this transition as simple and easy as possible; including a personalized computerized personal training system in the privacy of your own room for the individual who wants to get started but not comfortable to work with weights in front of others.

Located in the Latrobe 30 Plaza, Suite 127, My Fitness Kitchen™ is the health and fitness resource that the local community has been waiting for. Whether it is nutrition, exercise, or both, My Fitness Kitchen™ is your place for a healthier you. For more information, call us at 724-879-8523 or visit us at www.myfitnesskitchen.com. You’ve had time in your kitchen, now try ours!!

By Mark Rullo, MS, CSCS, MES. An Exercise Physiologist with degree from Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh; Mark has served on various industry board of directors and committees such as; The Pennsylvania State University Board of Directors Kinesiology Affiliate Program Group, Vice-President of Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Educational Committee and National Fitness Therapy Association (NFTA) State Director of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mark speaks regionally and nationally for various Fitness Industry Associations (IHRSA, ACSM, AFPA, NFTA, Club industry etc.) and is sought out as the trainer for trainers.