10 December 2010 0 Comments

Inside Vs. Outside Exercise: What’s Best For Long Term Fitness in West Chester?

In maintaining personal fitness in West Chester, some people get very set in the indoor vs. outdoor exercise camps. Truth be told, there are benefits to each, but for the long haul, perhaps one trumps the other.

outside exerciseIndoor Exercise Vs. Outdoor Exercise

There are definite pros and cons to both indoor and outdoor exercising for fitness in West Chester. Let’s take a look.

Outdoor exercise…

  • Gets you out enjoying nature and helps fill a natural desire
  • Allows you to easily avoid socializing…which may or may not be a good thing
  • Is low cost

However…

  • You are exposed to pollution in high-traffic areas
  • Depending on the area, safety may be an issue
  • Lacks the motivational support of others
  • Presents the possibility of unforeseen obstacles
  • Is unstable and unpredictable

The biggest problem with outdoor exercise is probably the weather. Certain conditions are just plain unsafe and others make it far too easy to excuse away exercising for the day; and sometimes that excuse can be used for weeks or months on end.

This brings us to indoor [gym] exercise, with…

  • Stable environmental conditions that are safe, maintained, and predictable
  • Social opportunities
  • Support and motivation of others
  • Motivation of a bright, conducive atmosphere expressly for the purpose of exercising
  • Less of a feeling of ‘aloneness’
  • Consistent availability
  • Multiple equipment, exercise, and program options in one place

However…

  • Well, it’s not like being outside in the sun
  • May cost more, depending on activities
  • More distracting to do at home (because there’s always life & family getting in the way)

Best Of Both Worlds?

All in all, and especially where the long term is concerned, indoor exercise is just more reliable. For long term fitness success and consistent devotion, you can plan on needing to take it inside some or all of the time.

Does that mean you can’t break from routine every now and then or add an outdoor element when conditions are right? Certainly not, but our focus here really is long term fitness in West Chester.

In It For The Long Haul

Truly sustainable exercise programs present opportunities to diversify your fitness in West Chester routine. That means learning how to effectively plan a routine, get the support you need, and learning to mix things up a bit. Perhaps an additional outside activity is just the thing to do that; to be sure that you can commit to regular fitness performance, best to use indoor facilities as your foundation.

Regardless of where you exercise, how you exercise is of utmost importance. Seek the guidance of a professional trainer, learn what to do (and how) both with him/her and without, and develop a fitness in West Chester plan that works for you.

Premier Personal Training with Dennis Carroll is located in West Chester, PA and serves clients in West Chester, Downingtown and Exton. Every client at Premier receives the individual training needed to successfully reach their goals. All programs come with a 100% money back guarantee, so why not get started today? Don’t hesitate! Sign up for a Free Fitness Program Consult now!

18 July 2010 0 Comments

Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss at Our West Chester Health and Fitness Club

When many of us are in pursuit of losing weight as a West Chester Health and Fitness goal, we often rely solely on the numbers of the scale to tell us how we are doing. Unfortunately, this is not always a healthy measure of success. Losing weight without a complementary exercise regime can result in losing important muscle, which can have more dangerous effects in the long run. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at weight loss vs. fat loss, and what you can do to ensure that you’re losing weight in a healthy and safe way to make sure that you reach your West Chester Health and Fitness goals.

Weight Loss Doesn’t Mean Fat Loss

When most of us say that we want to lose weight, what we really mean is that we want to reduce to amount of fat in our bodies to create a leaner silhouette. Most of us know that the fundamental principle of losing weight is that if we burn more calories than we consume, the result will be weight loss. But where is this weight coming from? Let’s take a closer look at how our bodies process the calories that we consume.

First, the body converts what we eat into energy, which in turn gives us the power to go about our daily lives. When we consume more calories than we burn, the resulting calories are converted into fat. On the other end of the scale, when we consume less calories than we burn, we lose weight but we also lose energy. Unfortunately, the weight loss doesn’t necessarily come from the fat, but the energy stores that are depleted are made up proteins and carbohydrates, which are found in muscles. This means that the muscles get smaller, the metabolism lowers, and once the body has adapted to the lower energy levels, the body will cease to continue losing weight.

The bottom line is that simply decreasing the amount of calories consumed may result in short term weight loss, but the weight won’t necessarily come from fat. Plus, if the calories are restricted too much, the body could even start storing fat as a preventative measure, because it doesn’t know when it will start receiving normal levels of calories again.

Getting Rid of Fat Instead of Muscle

So what’s the right procedure to get rid of the unwanted fat? The answer is simple – begin a nutrition and exercise program at our West Chester Health and Fitness club. Your body still needs enough calories to keep your energy levels high, but you can eat a great deal more and keep your appetite satisfied with a healthy, balanced diet than you can with a diet full of junk or fast food. The other important factor is a balanced fitness routine comprising of both cardio and strength training. Both cardio and strength training are important for burning away fat and increasing muscle mass, not to mention increasing the metabolism.

Measure Your Body Fat

There are several ways of measuring your body fat, which is often a better gauge of your overall health than a scale. Calculate your Body Mass Index or have a West Chester Health and Fitness specialist calculate your body fat with a skinfold caliper or simply measure yourself with a tape measure and keep track of the results. The best way to gauge your body fat is to simply look in the mirror, take note of how your clothes fit, and most importantly, how you feel. Feeling great is really the best result of following a West Chester Health and Fitness program.

Premier Personal Training with Dennis Carroll is located in West Chester, PA and serves clients in West Chester, Downingtown and Exton. Every client at Premier receives the individual training needed to successfully reach their goals. All programs come with a 100% money back guarantee, so why not get started today? Don’t hesitate! Sign up for a Free Consult now!

10 June 2009 0 Comments

Schedule for July 2009 at West Chester Personal Trainers

July 1 – Beach Body Boot Camp Kicks Off
July 11- Pending event to co-inside with Criterion Bike race
July 15 FREE nutrition class held at Premier’s Studio, 142 E Gay St
July 22 FREE Exercise class,” How to get real results: safely breaking through training plateaus” @ Premier’s studio, 142 E Gay St.