General Fitness is not just about looking good. It is about your overall health and well-being. A healthy workout and healthy diet can improve general appearance and looks from within resulting in healthy glowing skin, hair and nails. It also prevents a series of heart and organ failures.
Diet itself helps to increase your calorie burning by boosting your metabolism, a process further enhanced as you gain more lean muscle. We will work with you on an aerobic exercise program to burn fat and increase your metabolic rate. This is done on equipment such as stationary bicycle, treadmill or elliptical machine or by jogging outdoors. The aim is to sustain the aerobic activity for a minimum of 40 minutes at a time at a moderate intensity of 50 per cent to 70 per cent of your maximum heart rate. We will help you establish this intensity level.
Your diet and aerobic programs will be the core of your fat loss plan. We will create them with only with you in mind and based on your current condition, goals, schedule and lifestyle.
Aerobic activity is also called cardiovascular exercise. During this sustained activity the body uses oxygen from the blood as the primary fuel for the muscles. The utilisation of oxygen requires the body to adapt itself to more efficiently store and deliver oxygen to the muscles where they are converted to fuel. Therefore both lung capacity and oxygen carriage and storage are increased when cardiovascular activity is performed on a regular basis.
In addition, the heart as a muscle is strengthened and its ability to pump blood which carries oxygen is greater. Cardiovascular conditioning, therefore, lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure. Also the "good" cholesterol, HDL, is elevated through aerobic exercise and LDL or "bad" cholesterol is lowered. As a result overall heart and circulatory system health is improved and stamina and endurance increased.
Today cardiovascular disease is a number one killer.
We encourage all clients over 40 years of age, at risk of coronary or circulatory disease to engage in systematic monitored cardiovascular training programs. Today cardiologists all recommend and facilitate some form of cardiovascular training for recovering heart patients. We will supervise the intensity and duration progress of these programs, making sure that you are working within target heart-rate zones suitable to your age, weight and fitness condition. The goal for this training is generally to work in a range of 60-80 per cent of maximum heart-rate for 20-30 minutes, three times a week.