Shoulders (#LGFitmas Day 5) – 11/27

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Thoughtful Thursday Tip: I’m someone who only finds value in something if I can really understand why it is valuable, so I hope these tips will help you in the same way! I’m always looking for new ways to up the benefits of weight training; during upper body workouts, I know a lot of us struggle to elevate our heart rate and achieve that “great workout feeling.”

So, let’s talk T-A-B-A-T-A! Tabata is effective because it is a form of interval training, which will rev up our metabolisms and heart rates within seconds. Because the exercises are performed at a high intensity, it forces the body to work harder; this something someone wanting to lose fat can benefit from as the body will be burning fat for hours after the workout ((you can read more about how this is so on this post)).

Another huge reason as to why tabata is great is because it activates fast and super-fast twitch muscle fibers. Our bodies have 3 types of muscle fibers: slow, fast, and super-fast twitch fibers. Slow twitch muscles are the red muscles, activated during strength training and cardio; fast and super-fast twitch muscles are the white muscles that engage during high intensity exercises, such as tabata. Tabata and interval training work both the aerobic and anerobic processes, which provides optimal cardiovascular benefits!

Day 5 Challenge: The attitude of gratitude is not just something that can help you today, rather everyday. In the words of Oprah, “the more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Share with the community some people, places, or things you’re grateful for!
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