Quit Being a Meathead, Try Yoga

My workout regimen was pretty stale for the past few years. It was repetitive, it was boring, and it didn’t keep me motivated. I would walk into Lifetime or 24 Hour Fitness and do the same exact thing over and over again, even though I am one of those people that hates routine. I enjoy keeping an adventurous and curious mentality, otherwise I lose interest in whatever I’m doing. And like many of us, I’m working crazy amounts of hours a week so I’m left crunching what little time and energy I have to squeeze in a workout. Naturally, I’m not going to want to exercise unless it is stimulating, efficient, and effective.

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Exercise Intensity and Breathing Rates

Monitoring intensity of cardiovascular exercise is all about determining the proportion of fat and carbohydrates being used to power the activity. The gold standard is gas exchange analysis, which involves collecting exhaled air and determining the amount of oxygen used and carbon dioxide produced to directly calculate the fat vs carbohydrate ratio. The heart rate monitor, although accurate in measuring actual heart rate, relies on formulas to estimate this fuel ratio. These formulas are not individualized and fail to account for changes in fitness, health status, or a myriad of other factors that can affect physiology that would degrade the accuracy of the estimations.

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3 Hacks to Track Your Fitness Progress

On the Internet, it’s become commonplace to read seemingly impossible headlines such as these, narrating the stories of people who achieve drastic results in a insanely short period of time. Of course, when we hear stories like this, we naturally ask ourselves: “What exercises did they do?” or “What did they eat?” In response to our questions, the bloggers give us a specific regimen or a list of foods, and we attempt to incorporate these into our own lifestyles.

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