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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: I work out at home for maintaining an average figure, but I am not very muscular. I work on almost every part (biceps, triceps, chest, shoulders, abs) and I also do cardio. I was doing it at least 4 days a week previously.

But now due my busy routine I manage to do only 2 days a week. So I am worried whether it would be sufficient or not to keep building muscle. I also take horlicks everyday.

So I want to know that the protein powders available in the shops, are they really helpful in building muscles?

Please advise me.


A: Building muscle requires work of the muscle. This you can accomplish with regular strength and flexibility training as you have mentioned. Sometimes life does shift the variables around us and our regular healthy training regimen may fall to the wayside. I suggest you re-prioritize your day and find the time to reconnect yourself as a priority in the day, so that you can achieve your regular fitness goals.

Feeding muscle (and the body to grow the muscle) requires quality protein, complex carbs and polyunsaturated fats. Horlicks was not familiar to me and based on the nutrition quality of the ingredients it supplies, I must say that there are much higher quality, alternative RTD (ready to drink) meals that include much more protein, less fat and sugars that I would recommend for use to support "feeding muscle." Myoplex Lite, EAS AdvantEdge are two product brands readily available worldwide that provide a better ratio balance of carb to protein and minimizing the sugars found in Horlicks.


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