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The Best Low Impact Workouts

Question: Which of your workouts are low impact? I have knee problems and even though I love your high impact workouts, I just can't do them anymore.

Answer: I get asked this question at least once a week. If you have back or knee problems you are wise to avoid high impact aerobics. Never push to the point of pain. 

The truth of the matter is, all of my workouts can be done without using high impact moves.  All you have to do is keep one foot in contact with the floor. When I hop or jump...you step.  "But I am not getting as much of a workout" you say. To increase your cardiovascular work, increase the size and range of your movements or the extension of your arms, all the while keeping it low impact.  If you find yourself working too hard (if you feel out of breath and uncomfortable) reduce the size of your movements or eliminate your arm movements altogether.  You should be able to breathe comfortably during the whole workout.

So choose your favorite Gilad DVD and turn it into a low impact workout.  You will still reap the benefits.  And remember to listen to your body...and your doctor...they will let you know what your limitations are.
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Question: What is a good resting heart rate?

Answer: Everybody's metabolism is different so there is no ideal resting heart rate but you should take note of what yours is. Your resting heart rate can be used as an index of your general level of aerobic fitness. The lower your resting heart rate the more cardiovascularly fit you are. Regular exercise is going to lower your resting heart rate...which will benefit you any time you are not at rest and your heart needs to pick up the pace.  It is a good idea to know what your resting heart rate is now, because as you become more fit your resting heart rate is going to drop and that will mean that your heart can perform with less effort.

 


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Body Fat Percentage

Question: What is considered a good body fat percentage?

Answer: Most women have somewhere between 15 and 38 percent body fat. They should have approximately 15 to 25 percent body fat.  Marathon runners and other advanced athletes may have lower percentages. Most men average between 12 and 24 percent body fat.  Men should have approximately 10 to 19 percent body fat.  Physically fit men may go as low as 6 to 12 percent.

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The First Steps to Being Healthier

Question:  I am pretty set in my ways and I have a hard time changing old habits to benefit my health.  Is there some kind of system I can use to help me change for the healthier?

Answer: First you have to identify the health and fitness goals you want to achieve.  It helps to write them down.  Then, identify the lifestyle changes you need to make to achieve these goals.  Be sure that your lifestyle changes are not ones that seem impossible to you.  Remember, you want to build success into your program.  Here are some examples of clearly defined goals and the lifestyle changes that will help you achieve them.

Goal 1:  I want to cut down on the amount of red meat I eat.
Lifestyle change:  I will eat red meat only once a week and the rest of the time I will substitute chicken or fish.
 
Goal 2:  I want to exercise more than I do now which is only once or twice a week. 
Lifestyle change:  I will set aside 3 weekday mornings where I will get up 45 minutes earlier to walk/jog. I will also exercise one hour on the weekend.
 
Goal 3:  I want to cut down on my snacking so I can lose a little extra weight.
Lifestyle change:  I especially like to snack during the evening hours so I will switch from potato chips and corn chips to a bowl of fresh fruit and a couple of whole wheat crackers.
 
Tailor these changes to your own special wants and needs and you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

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Question: I started an exercise regimen a couple of months ago and I am feeling better every day. The problem is, I don't seem to be losing any weight...at least not very fast. What is my problem?

Answer: It sounds like you are on the right track...and there may not be any problem at all.  Since muscle is 2 and a half times heavier than fat, the answer is very simple, and it ties in to both exercise and nutrition. When you exercise on a regular basis and eat a healthy diet you are constantly challenging your muscles to perform causing them to get stronger and denser and to weigh more. At the same time you are burning off fat. In other words, you are turning your body into a lean and healthy machine. You are gaining muscle weight and you are losing body fat. 

People who are very muscular can weigh more than people of the same height who are sedentary. But the people who are more fit will be slimmer and wear smaller sized clothes. Enjoy the change!  


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Question:  How often should I exercise?

Answer: No matter what kind of training you do I recommend you do something at least 3 times a week. If your fitness level is high enough, you should be exercising more often.  Maybe 5 or 6 times a week. But I do believe that everybody should take at least one day a week off from any exercise program. One day of complete rest for the body will vastly improve your performance on the other 6 days. 


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Eliminating Sugar From Your Diet

Question: I am in the process of creating a new and improved me. This month I am trying to avoid as many 'sweets' as possible.  No candy, cakes, pies, ice cream and as few sodas as I can. Any advice?

Answer: You are definitely on the right track.  Keep up the good work. But remember, you can avoid the obvious sources of sugar that you have listed and not realize that sugar is the number one additive in processed foods. They are used in breads, crackers, catsup, cereals, spaghetti sauce, bouillon cubes, non-dairy creamers, cured meats - you name it. And it goes by many hidden names such as fructose, dextrose, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup and molasses.  Watch for them on the ingredient list.

Don't get me wrong. I know you can't avoid all added sugar. But a little bit of nutritional knowledge can go a long way to help you on your journey.

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Gain Back Control

Question: I am tired of making progress and then losing ground. My weight, bad habits, sticking to an exercise routine. It all becomes so frustrating. How do I gain control?

Answer: The best way to stay on track and to be able to see your progress is to set goals you can accomplish and measure. That way, you can actually see your progress taking place. By taking controlled and measurable steps to achieving your goals, you can alter, change or eliminate bad habits. Through the same process, you can also introduce and cultivate new good habits in your life. 

When it comes to your health and fitness there are no shortcuts and no miracles. You need to take a step-by-step approach, setting small goals and achieving them one by one. A series of small accomplishments over time will bring on big improvements before you even realize it.


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Healthy Tips When Eating Out

Question: I travel a lot so I am constantly eating in restaurants. I know the meals I am eating are not the healthiest for me but I have to select from what is available.  Do you have any suggestions for people in my situation?




Answer: When eating out there are many choices you can make to help you maintain a healthy diet.

 

First, stay away from fast food restaurants as much as possible.  It is more difficult to get healthy meals there.  Try to pick a restaurant that offers healthy food choices with fresh natural foods.  It is a lot easier to find healthy restaurants these days than it was in the past because the public, as a whole, has become a lot more conscious about what they eat.  
I find that most restaurants these days will try to accommodate special requests such as 'dressing on the side' for your salad, minimizing or eliminating calorie rich sauces and substituting salad or steamed veggies for calorie rich carbs.  I think that you will find that many restaurants will even accommodate alternate preparations such as broiled or steamed vs. fried.
The key is to be aware of how you would like to eat and ask for it!  You will find that most times you will be accommodated.  
Gilad
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