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Exercise and Fitness: Questions & Answers

Gina Jackson - Fitness Trainer
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Gina Jackson, who is our resident exercise and fitness expert and who is available to answer all your questions about exercising and fitness. Gina has a private practice and is available for consultation.

Gina answers all your exercise and fitness questions below:

Q: In the past I've struggled with eating disorders, and have realised that the only way I can control it is to have a 'bad' day once a week. In this way I've been able to start living a healthy life.

I'm in the healthy weight range now, but my BMI is near the overweight range. I eat 2000 calories a day, and 4000 every Sunday. I walk my dog for 30 minutes everyday. I also do a 15 minute workout every morning, consisting of 5 minutes skipping, 5 minutes of weights, 5 minutes of the bike and 30 sit-ups. I'm also a waitress and do lots of running around.

Will I be able to get down a few kilograms with this routine, or will I put on weight?


A: Unfortunately, this kind of fitness/dietary/health plan will result in not only a "bad" day but a likely flabby body in the long term.

The amount of effort, time and intensity given to fitness (strength training, cardio, resistance training workouts) needs to equal or surpass the amount of calories consumed on a daily basis to result in weight loss or healthy weight management.

Walking the dog doesn't not constitute a "cardio" workout - it is just that, "walking the dog."  Five minutes of skipping and cycling is in my opinion, realistically, a "warm-up" to the 45-60 minutes of resistance training for the total body which I recommend be preceded or followed by a 30-45 minutes of cardio training.

You are simply not spending enough conscious time working on a quality fitness regimen that will help you achieve any measurable BMI adjustments.


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