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Summer Slimming, Exercise Therapy and a Winning Combo

Losing lbs in warm weather, exercise therapy for lovers and Weight Watchers need to lift weights, too.
Summer Shape Up
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recently conducted a survey of 1,000 ACE-Certified Personal Trainers to get their advice regarding the best techniques to get fit for summer. No shocker here: They recommended strength training, interval training and increased cardio as their top three exercise approaches for a summer, total-body makeover when combined with a sensible, portion-controlled, healthy diet.
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Broken down, it translates to 20 minute of basic strength exercises twice a week, short bursts of intense activity mixed in with active recoveries, and overall increased cardio exercise on most days of the week.

Hot summer bods.

Calories and Communication
Beyond the motivation and support that comes with working out with your significant other, it turns out that working out as a couple can strengthen your relationship, not just your abs. A Troy University study mentioned in Shape magazine’s July issue says that partners who work out with each other resolve conflicts faster and communicate better. You might also get a good laugh out of working out together, especially if you try something like this. So try out an activity that you’re too chicken to try yourself, such as rock climbing or hitting the ski slopes. You might grow some muscles while you grow closer.

Togetherness tips.
Weight Watching vs. the Gym
A University of Missouri study recently pitted Weight Watchers against gym membership programs to find out which method is better for health. Examining the real-life experiences of participants to determine which program helps people lose pounds, reduce body fat and gain health benefits, the study found that both have pros and cons, and that a combination of the two produces the best results.
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Participants who attended Weight Watchers for 12 weeks lost an average of 5 percent of their body weight, but a large percentage of the lost weight was lean tissue and not fat. Because muscles are so important to metabolism, it’s important to exercise as well as make dietary improvements. Weight Watchers proved a winner when it came to support though: Most of the Weight Watchers participants stuck with the program during the duration of the study, while many of the fitness center participants quit.

Combo platter.

—Erin

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10 Comments
  1. John says:

    I don’t know much about WW, but I know that their WW Smart Ones deserts are awesome!

  2. Mark Salinas says:

    Keep moving my friend(s) kick some butt….I know zilch about WW! 🙂

  3. Marcy says:

    ROFLMAO! I tried running with the Mr a couple times and I don’t think I’ve ever heard “Could you please shut up already?” more times in my life 😛

  4. Crecia says:

    Seriously, they had to do a study to find out that you have diet AND exercise together to be successful? Oh how I wish I could do just one? And I’m sure the one would be exercise with my hubs, yep, thats what it would be!

  5. tfh says:

    Darn that “portion-controlled” bit in the diet advice.

    Otherwise I’d be doing just fine.

    Working on it…

  6. Cynthia @ Healthy Hollywood says:

    I love working out with my hubby! We often go for long hikes together and it’s so nice. It’s a great way for us to reconnect after our busy days.

  7. Sagan Morrow says:

    Combinations of a few different things always seem to have the best results!

  8. grounded fitness says:

    every one of my clients that does/did weight watchers says its good to drop weight, but it doesnt teach you how to eat healthy off of the program.

    and the only way i could work out with my significant other is if i drug him around in a wagon behind me as i ran.

    http://www.everygymsnightmare.com

  9. MizFit says:

    I love the ads for ALI (sp?) where they tout all its great benefits as long as you EAT FANTIZTASTICALLY AND WORK OUT LIKE A MO’F’

  10. Mind Body Shop says:

    The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.