How to Prevent Weight and Fat Gain when Exercise Decreases or Stops

Exercising consistently is critical for long-term health and fitness, but what happens when you stop exercising. This article explains how to minimize the weight and fat gain or muscle loss that typically accompanies decreases in activity.

     Exercising consistently is well known as one of the best ways to prevent unwanted weight gain, but what do you do if you have to take time off from exercise or your everyday level of activity decreases? When this happens, many people end up gaining weight, but there are some things you can do to prevent or minimize this unwanted weight gain. 

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Resistance Training vs. Bodybuilding: They are very Different

Resistance training and bodybuilding are terms that are often used incorrectly and many people think they mean the same thing. They are in fact very different and understanding these terms is important for understanding health and fitness information.

     Resistance training and bodybuilding are two popular fitness terms, but they are often used incorrectly, leading to confusion or misunderstandings. Resistance training and bodybuilding are definitely not the same thing, even though the terms are frequently used interchangeably.

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Balance and Stability: Functions and Misconceptions

The way the human body feels and functions is determined by numerous factors, including nutrition, flexibility, strength, and endurance. While these are often addressed in health and fitness programs, balance and stability are two issues that rarely get enough attention. This post explains why balance and stability are important and provides examples of how they impact everyday activities.

     Balance and stability are two of the attributes that determine your overall level of fitness, but they are rarely given the attention they deserve in a typical training program. One reason is because most people do not appreciate their importance, at least not until they get older and their health and fitness naturally starts to decline. Another problem is the concepts and functions of balance and stability are often misunderstood and training to improve those attributes is rarely explained or even discussed by most media sources. As a result, balance and stability often go unaddressed, which can cause problems later in life.

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Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights will Decrease Your Flexibility

This post examines the issue of whether or not lifting weights decreases flexibility. It also looks at various causes of flexibility loss and provides suggestions to help maintain or improve your flexibility.

     Most people realize that flexibility is an important physical attribute and any good health and fitness program should help you improve or at least maintain your existing level of flexibility. Poor flexibility causes numerous problems including pain and injury, so it is important to avoid doing things that decrease your flexibility. Lifting weights is an activity that is acknowledged to have benefits for virtually everyone, yet some people avoid it, because they don’t want to lose flexibility. Continue reading “Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights will Decrease Your Flexibility”

Make a Plan, Not a New Year’s Resolution

This post discusses the problems with New Year Resolutions and explains why goal setting is much more effective. It also provides basic information about goal setting along with some health and fitness related examples to help get you started.

     Well, we are at the beginning of another year, so it is time of year to reflect on the past and think about our future. This is also the time to make your New Year’s resolutions, many of which will likely have to do with health and fitness. Making resolutions is a traditional thing to do, but really, how effective are they? Some people do have success, but for most of us, they just end in frustration and disappointment. I believe your best bet is to stop making resolutions and make a plan instead.

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The Truth about the Fat Burning Zone

This post is all about the fat burning zone. It explains what the fat burning zone really is and discusses what is most important when exercising for maximal fat loss.

     Chances are you have heard or read something about the “fat burning zone” or if you belong to a gym, there is probably a chart on the wall by the cardio machines telling you about different heart rate zones, including the fat burning zone. The fat burning zone is used to describe a specific physiological occurrence, but it is often used incorrectly. Misunderstandings about the fat burning zone and its implications have caused many people to become confused about how to exercise for optimal fat loss. My goal today is to sort out any existing confusion about the fat burning zone and explain what is really important when it comes to burning fat through exercise.

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Turning Activities into Effective Exercises for Fitness and Fat Loss

This post describes how to take common activities that basically just burn calories and turn them into effective exercises to improve your fitness level and stimulate fat loss.

     Previously, I wrote about how exercise, not just being active, is the key to fat loss and fitness. That post (click here to review previous post) provided the theoretical background information to explain why activities that do not challenge your body are basically just burning calories and not much more. Now I will provide you with more practical information, specifically showing you how to take regular activities that have a minimal impact on your body and turn them exercises/workouts to improve your fitness and stimulate fat loss.

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Exercise, Not Activity, is the Key to Fat Loss and Fitness

This post explains why increasing your activity level and exercising are not the same thing and discusses why exercise is essential for increasing your long-term fat loss and overall fitness level.

     There are many different opinions about fitness and fat loss, but one of the more common viewpoints suggests that all you need to do is increase your activity level and/or decrease your caloric intake to be successful. While this may have some truth in theory, it does not always hold true in real life and it is certainly not the best strategy for improving long-term fitness and fat loss.

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Welcome Message

A message to welcome new readers to my blog.

Welcome to Austin Personal Trainer Ross’ Blog about all things health and fitness.

     If you want to get right into reading my posts, I will simply say this blog is all about providing quality health and fitness information to help you achieve your goals. On the other hand, if you are not already familiar with me or my writing, you can click on “About Me” and “Purpose of this Blog” for more information.

     I will have new posts at least twice a week and I will cover a wide variety of health and fitness issues, particularly topics related to nutrition and exercise. I will discuss both general concepts, such as how to approach fat loss, and more specific topics, such as providing the definitions of commonly misused or misunderstood fitness terms. I also intend to provide information on less frequently addressed issues, such as the psychological aspects of health and fitness.

     However, having said this, what I spend most of my time writing about will really depend on you. I encourage everyone to write me and let me know what you thing of the current posts and tell me what topics you would like to see covered in the future. If I get feedback that you want to read more about certain topics, then those topics are where I will put my focus.

     If you have questions or comments about a specific post, just click on the comment link at the end of the post and tell me what you think. If you have suggestions, comments, or questions unrelated to a specific post, the best way to reach me is through my Precision Health & Fitness website. Thanks and I hope you enjoy my new blog,


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Commonly Used and Often Misused Fitness Terms Part 1: Sports and Exercise that Involve Lifting Weights

This is part 1 of my series discussing commonly used and often misused fitness terminology. Part 1 covers the meaning and differences between the terms: resistance training, weightlifting, powerlifting, and bodybuilding.

     This is the first part of my series dedicated to explaining fitness related terms that are often misunderstood and misused. When discussing fitness related topics, or any topic for that matter, it is important for everyone to use the same terminology. Otherwise, using terms in different ways can easily lead to a miscommunication or misinterpretation of the information. With that in mind, I will discuss various terms that have specific meanings in the health in fitness, but are often misused in all forms of media, even by people who call themselves experts in the field.

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