A New Season is About to Start
Summer is coming to an end, and a new season will soon begin. As we move into the fall, let BeFitSRQ keep you on track, motivated, stronger and healthier.
BeFitSRQ can take the headache out of your workout. We offer the best 30-minute total body workouts in town, customized for you. In just 30 minutes, you’ll focus on strength training, building lean muscle and creating a sleeker, leaner, more defined you. All you have to do is show up.
What can BeFitSRQ do for you? Now is the time to find out. Schedule your free fitness assessment today.
Exercise of the Month
For those of you who travel, don’t have time to work out, don’t like to work out or can’t get motivated, I have the workout for you! All you need is 10 minutes. Here’s what to do:
- 10 jump squats
- 10 pushups (military, on your knees or use the wall)
- 15 to 30 hold planks (on your hands or elbows)
Start out with three sets. If you want to challenge yourself, do an extra one or two sets. Or if you’re going for a gold star, give me six sets!
Try it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
How much sugar is in the fruit you’re eating? Consult this handy chart to find out. And remember, 1 teaspoon equals 4 grams of sugar.
All the Benefits of Essential Oils
One of the primary benefits of essential oils is that, when used properly, they have few, if any, side effects. Many essential oils are effective against harmful organisms. Some can positively affect your mood and mental state. Some essential oils can even help you reduce a headache or feelings of nausea.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to improve your quality of life and reduce the unpleasant side effects of aggressive therapies and health conditions.
Here are just some of the things essential oils can do for you:
- Fight cold and flu symptoms
- Relax your body and soothe sore muscles
- Heal skin conditions
- Alleviate pain
- Balance hormones
- Improve digestion
- Reduce cellulite and wrinkles
- Clean your home
If you want more information about essential oils, contact Michele at BeFitSRQ. She offers classes on the many ways you can use oils in your life.
Even though summer is fading into the sunset, September in Sarasota can be a sunny month full of time outdoors. Protect your skin from the sun with BloqUV sun protective apparel. It’s a chemical-free brand that blocks 98% of sun’s rays (UPF50).
Plus, since UV chemicals aren’t added, the UV protection doesn’t wash away with launderings. The fabrics have moisture-wicking and quick-dry properties, and BloqUV shirts are extremely lightweight and soft. Come browse the rainbow of colors we have at the Studio.
Does Muscle Turn Into Fat?
“I used to be fit, but then I stopped exercising and it all turned to fat.” How many times have you said this to yourself?
There is no process in the human body by which muscle (which is made up of mainly protein, amino acids and water) transforms itself into adipose (fat). The human body, no matter how amazing it can be at times, cannot magically turn one tissue into another. So what happens?
Specifically, it’s a loss of skeletal muscle mass combined with a gain of fat mass occurring at about the same rate, at about the same time. How does this happen, and how can you avoid this?
Muscles that are partially used — using less than 20% of their maximum force — will start to atrophy over the long term. Complete disuse is even worse: muscles that are completely unused, such as when someone is bedridden and performs very little movement, can degrade by about 1/8 of their strength per week.
Of course, if you don’t have any major health complications, your muscles are not going to degrade at such a significant rate as someone who is bedridden. However, if your body was used to operating at a high, athletic level and you suddenly stop exercising, your body won’t see any reason to maintain your muscles at that level and will begin to atrophy.
And what takes its place instead? Fat!
Same diet, different lifestyle:
- Your lean body mass is decreasing due to a skeletal muscle mass loss.
- Your skeletal muscle mass is decreasing because of disuse. Your BMR decreases accordingly.
- Because activity level has dropped, your TDEE has also dropped.
- Energy intake remains consistent, not accounting for TDEE drop. Caloric surplus created.
- Caloric surplus leads to fat mass gain.
Who is at risk and what they can do:
People who are at risk for gaining large amounts of fat are, somewhat ironically, people who are at their fittest right now. That’s because when you’re at your fittest, the amount of nutrients you are consuming is necessary fuel to help the body recover after a toughworkout. You’re in balance.
The problem is, people become accustomed to eating a certain amount of food, especially when they have lived a certain way for many years. They develop a mental understanding of how much they can eat, and they often order and/or cook portion sizes that match this mental understanding of how much food they need.
Although it’s a challenge, here are three steps you can take to get back on track:
- Test your body composition
Testing your body composition regularly is the best way to ensure you’re staying at
the level you want to be. By tracking your body composition, you will be able to track lean mass and fat mass gain or loss. With that kind of information, you’ll be able to make the changes you need to ensure you stay as fit and healthy.
- Change your diet
You must adjust your diet to match your current activity level or you will risk running a caloric surplus. That change might be more than you’d expect, too. A great way to optimize your diet is to use BMR, which will make sure you are getting enough nutrients to fuel muscle growth but also lose that stubborn belly fat.
- Find an activity that fits your new lifestyle
Find new ways to increase your activity level that works with your current lifestyle. Although you may no longer be performing at high levels every day, you can find new ways to be active on a schedule that works for you. Two days of strength training a week has both great physical and mental benefits.
Remember, the key is to maintain the balance between food consumption and exercise intensity that fits your current lifestyle. Once you achieve that balance, you lose the extra fat and start getting your old athletic body back.
Click here to read the full article: https://inbodyusa.com/blogs/inbodyblog/56319041-does-muscle-turn-into-fat/
Some Sarasota Fun in September
September 15: Check out the 6th annual Life’s a Beach Triathlon. It’s somewhat of a kinder, gentler triathlon with a shorter swimming course. There’s a 200-yard swimming race, 5 miles on bike and a 2-mile beach run. Register early and save. The event starts at 6 a.m. with the racer packet pickup, and the first wave goes at 8 a.m. There’s also a beach bash after-party when you finish the race at the Lido Beach Resort.
September 15: Let your palette enjoy the 5th annual A Taste of Downtown Sarasota. This event includes menu tastings from your favorite downtown restaurants along with fine wine pairings and assorted beers at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Sarasota Youth Opera. Tickets are $75 per person.
September 30: Enjoy Sarasota’s own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team at their first Sunday afternoon show of the new fall season. This free show takes place at their stadium at 2 p.m.
See you out and about this September!