22 September, 2020

‘Waste Of Time’ Exercises

Irrespective of the activity, where your body burns fat from is the body’s own cho­ice.

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‘Waste Of Time’ Exercises
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‘I am doing aerobics, so my lower body is fine; now I don’t know what to do for my upper body’. Another one who is still under the belief that it really is possible to lose ‘fat’ or at least ‘inches’ from a specific area by doing ‘spe­cific’ exercises for that area. It’s the same logic as crunches for the stomach, side-kicks for the outer thigh, side-bends for the waist, etc. But remember what Hindi movies taught us? Ladki patana hai to chocolate uske nephew / niece / kutte / cousin ko do.

Aerobics, running, swimming, cycling are all activities that help you mobilise fatty acids from all over your body. Fat is incapable of contraction or taking part in the activity, be it aerobics, weight training or anything else. Irrespective of the activity, where your body burns fat from is the body’s own cho­ice. Your body makes this choice based on many factors. Broadly, these are genetics, exercise history,  pre-workout meal, choice of activity, intensity and volume of exercise. Your choice of...

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