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4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate You to Exercise

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4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate You to Exercise

Frequently, new clients tell us the number one factor that’s stopped them from working out in the past is “lack of motivation.” They know the science. They’ve paid the monthly gym membership, even though they’ve been absent. They’re not happy with the way they look or feel. Their inner voice repeatedly asks, “Why can’t you just do this?” Sound familiar?

Certainly working with a qualified and experienced personal trainer is a solution to get you to regularly work out. If you choose in-home personal training, you really have no excuses because you don’t have to leave your house. It’s super convenient. But in the meantime, here are 4 tips – all backed by science – to help you get over the motivation hump.

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Regular physical activity is crucial for women facing menopause says the Mayo Clinic. Regardless of whether you’ve always been active or been a couch potato, menopause is an important transition in a woman’s life and a great opportunity to make a fresh start for the latter part of your life.

As professional personal trainers in St. Louis, time and time again, people contact us with the same frustration – “I’ve been doing all of the ‘right things’ but when I get on the scale, I’ve not lost a pound!” While we are all different, here are five reasons why you may not be seeing results at the gym.

66% of Runners Injure Themselves Every Year… Learn Why

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Every year, 66% of runners experience some sort of injury. This is an even higher percentage than professional football players! So why then – in a sport of no contact like running – is the risk so high? Why do some run for a lifetime seemingly injury free while most of us suffer with hip, knee, ankle, and even back and shoulder issues?

12 Reasons Why You Should Lift Weights

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Perhaps you’re intimidated from lifting weights because you fear you’ll get too bulky, or you want to drop some pounds – not put on muscle. But you’re flat out wrong. While there is a big allegiance to “cardio” for weight loss and overall health, lifting weights not only helps your muscles stay strong, it can prevent disease, improve your mood, keep things from “sagging” if you will, and really help you lose weight.

Dumbbells and kettlebells offer benefits for your workout, but not the same benefits. Kettlebell exercises add more of an aerobic quality to your workout than dumbbells. “If your goal is to look stronger, dumbbells are superior,” says Bill Campbell, Ph. D., director of the Performance and Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida. Dumbbells are more effective at stimulating type II muscle fibers, which lead to an increase in muscle size. Conversely, kettlebell exercises typically use momentum as well as force and while those calorie-burning moves do use type II muscle fibers, they primarily activate type I fibers whose main function is to improve endurance – not growing muscle.

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