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Q: Which is better for your body and why: yoga or Pilates?
A: That really depends—it’s a personal thing. If you have lower back issues, I don’t advise yoga because of the stress on your lower back in some of the positions. Yoga is great for stretching, and Pilates is better for strengthening your entire body.
Q: What are the biggest mistakes people make at the gym?
A: The biggest mistake people make at the gym is not understanding how to use the equipment. They perform exercises improperly and end up injuring themselves. So don’t be afraid to ask a professional how to use the equipment! [And while you’re at it, be sure to steer clear of these 10 exercise machines to avoid!]
Q: Do you have any exercises I could do at my desk to burn some extra calories without bothering my co-workers?
A: If you’re able to do squats or other legwork options while at your office chair, try them! You can hold onto your chair and try squats, or you can sit at your desk, squeeze your glutes, and kick your leg out for quad extensions. Or get clever: If you drop something at the office, instead of bending down to pick it up, try a squat. Also, don’t be afraid to get out of your cubicle and take the long way to the bathroom.
Q: I’m not a morning person. But if I put off working out until the end of the day, I won’t do it. How can I get my workout in?
A: I’m not a morning person, either! But I deliriously set my alarm to get up. Focus on the after feeling once you’re done. It wakes you up, gives you energy to continue through the rest of your day, and you get it out of the way. As horrible as the morning can be focus on those happy endorphins after!
Q: What are the best foods to eat before working out?
A: It’s best to eat carbs and protein before a workout and protein within an hour after your workout. Check out the five best pre-workout foods we’ve used to fuel up!
Q: Can I use treadmill if I have pain in my injured knee?
A: Yes! Keep the incline and speed low and just walk. If you have an injured knee, focus on strengthening your legs through calf raises, hamstring curls, and quad extensions.
Q: How can you reduce belly fat and flatten your stomach?
A: It’s 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise! What you’re taking in is just as important as the abs series. My all-time favorite tummy-flattening technique is the plank. You can do a moderated or full plank version and can add to the series by dropping your knees and tucking your foot to the side while still in a plank position. It’s important to use correct form so your knees are under your shoulders, your navel is toward your spine, and your neck is relaxed and elongated.
Q: What are the best exercises to sculpt and tone arms? And how many pounds should you use?
A: Great question! The best way to tone long, lean arms is to use a mixture of three to five-pound weights and resistance bands. By doing low weight and high repetitions, this ensures that you don’t overbuild and bulk the muscles. Resistance bands are light and easy to travel with and can be used anywhere. For lighter resistance, choose red and higher resistance use blue.
Q: What would you recommend for a quick 20- to 30-minute workout?
A: It’s proven that 10-minute spurts of cardio are more effective than 30 minutes straight. So if you only have 20 minutes, do 10 minutes of cardio, which can be a mix of jump rope, burpees, and jumping jacks. Or you can focus on jumping squats, which will strengthen your lower-body muscles, followed by pushups and situps.
Q: What kind of beauty products should be in every woman’s gym bag?
A: A face mist, deodorant, tinted moisturizer, a dry shampoo, body wash, and definitely a bottle of water.