Benefits of Lean Muscle

Benefits of Lean Muscle

I am always taking about building lean muscles in my workout videos, but today, I want to share with you the benefits of lean muscles.  The reason why you want to have lean muscles is to increase your metabolism.  Muscles consume more calories than fat. One pound of muscle burns about up to 6.5 calories per hour. Muscles burn 5.5 times more calories than fat tissues, which burn about 1.2 calories per pound per hour. If you work out, a pound of muscle can consume up to 10 calories per hour!

 

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In fact, if you were to convert 5 pounds of fat to 5 pounds of muscles, you would burn 230 calories doing absolutely nothing at all.  Muscles need calories, which is a form of energy, in order to sustain it.  Therefore, the more lean muscles you have, the faster your metabolism becomes.  The problem is, most people turn to dieting when they are trying to get in shape. Dieting actually causes you to lose lean muscles, which slows down your metabolism. Find out what you need to do instead of dieting in this , short video.

 

Muscles Burn Calories

Muscles Burn Calories

 

In addition to increasing your metabolism, lean muscles also add shape and firmness to your body.  Lean muscles also helps minimize cellulite and dimples on your legs and thighs by decreasing overall fat and firming up the muscles.  Want a butt that makes Jennifer Lopez jealous?  You can reshape your body simply by adding lean muscles where you desire it.  It doesn’t matter what age you are or if you have ever worked out before.  Your body is an incredible machine that is resilient and you will see results from working out in as little as a few days!

 

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One of my favorite tricks before going out on a date or to an event is to do a mini workout before I leave.  If I am wearing a short dress, I will do some squats to get a “pump” to my legs, giving them more shape and definition while firming them up.  If I am wearing a sleeveless shirt, I will do a quick set of pushups and dips to tighten up my arms and upper body.   It is a simple trick that will give you an instant boost of confidence!

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Make it a Healthy Day,

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my beginner’s guide to weight loss video. I’ll go over step by step what you need to do so you can reach your weight loss goals. ❤
“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

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Morning Quick Workout

Morning Quick Workout

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

One of the best ways to kick start your morning is to do a workout.  It starts your day off right, helping you stay motivated and make better food choices throughout the day.  Next time you are in a crunch for time and can’t devote an hour to go to the gym, try my morning quick workout.  Remember, staying fit is a journey, and I am with you every step of the way.

 

 

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Looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time?   Check out this educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

 

 

Make it a Healthy day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Nutrition, Diet, Free Workouts and Weight Loss Tips

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”
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6 Reasons Why You Need A Hug

6 Reasons Why You Need A Hug

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

We all love hug, and they feel awesome but did you know hugs have been scientifically proven to be good for you?  Here are 6 Reasons why you need a hug!

 

6 Reasons Why You Need A Hug ❤

 

1.  Hugs allow physical interaction, building trust and a feeling of safety.  Hugs makes us more open and increases positive communication.
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Cute Animals

 

2. When you feel lonely, isolated, or angry, giving or receiving a hug boost oxytocin levels, which heal those negative feelings and promotes a feeling of safety and positivity.

 

3. Hugging relaxes you by  releasing tension in the body, taking away pain while soothing the body by increasing circulation into soft tissues.

 

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4. We all love cuddling, but did you know long hugs actually boosts serotonin levels, which is responsible for  elevating mood and creating happiness!

 

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Hugs

 

5. Hugging makes us feel good about ourselves and boost self esteem.  It shows we are cared for and loved by making us feel safe and happy.

 

6. Hugs reduces stress.  Hugs help us let go of what ever is bothering us and just enjoy the moment.  Reducing stress has all kinds of positive benefits including lowering your blood pressure.

 

Next time you are stressed or see someone who is having a rough day, reach out and give them a hug.  Both of you will get the positive effects from hugs.  Remember, part of living a healthy and fit lifestyle is to make sure all aspects of your life is healthy, not just the way you look, but more importantly, the way you feel about yourself.   Being healthy and fit starts from the inside, and looking awesome in that swimsuit is just bonus!  =)

 

Looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time?   Check out this educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

 

 

Make it an AWESOME DAY,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Nutrition, Diet, Free Workouts and Weight Loss Tips

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

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Why You Should Workout Today

Why You Should Workout Today

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

Here is a great fitness motivational quote to keep you motivated.  This is why you should workout today.  =)

“You can choose how you feel tomorrow.  You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow.  You choose.”

 

Choose how you feel

Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint, and I am here with you every step of the way.  =)

 

Let’s stay connected!

Make it a Healthy Day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

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How to Stay Motivated

How to Stay Motivated

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

Staying fit and living a healthy healthy lifestyles can get monotonous after a while. I mean, you can only eat so much grilled chicken before you get tired of it. In order to stay motivated, you have to keep things exciting. I challenge you this week to inject some ENTHUSIASM into your fitness routine and clean eating meals. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “”.

 

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How do you stay motivated?  Change things up.

Instead of making the same meals every week, try a new recipe. There are so many different types of seasonings and spices to add flavor and excitement back into your foods.  One of my new favorite healthy meals is salmon patties. Take 2-3 oz of canned salmon, add 1/2 a stock of green onion, an egg, and a dash of salt and pepper.  Heat up a pan and cook for 1min each side. Serve open faced or on two thick slices of tomato with a side of green vegetables. Yummy!

Try using a different seasoning on your staple meals.  Add a little lemon zest to your chicken with sea salt and pepper and it adds a punch of flavor to your food.   Use a little curry powder, red pepper and light coconut milk and saute chicken onions and tomatoes and it is like taking a food journey to Thailand.  The possibilities are endless!  If you love sushi, try my Healthy Hawaiian Poke recipe, which uses sashimi grade tuna.  It is delicious!

One of my favorite ways to stay motivated with my workouts is to try a new class.  Sites like Groupon or Living Social has great deals where you can get a major discount on a classes and fun events.  Try a new Pilate or yoga class.  Try your hand at fencing or martial arts.  Take a kickboxing class.  Mixing up your workouts will also keep your body challenged and also make things fun and exciting.

I’d love to hear your favorite ways to motivate and keep the enthusiasm in your fitness journey.  Share below in the comments!

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Make it a Healthy day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Nutrition, Diet, Free Workouts and Weight Loss Tips

P.S.  If you are trying to lose weight but stuck in a rut?   Check out my weight loss video.  I’ll go over why mainstream weight loss ideas like dieting is actually causing you to gain weight and what you should do instead for quick permanent weight loss.

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

 
 

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Why Women Should Lift Weights

Why Women Should Lift Weights

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

Before I started working out, I didn’t understand why women should lift weights.  All I wanted when I was growing up was to be “skinny” and “thin”.   My friends and I would look at fashion magazines and see all the skinny girls with no muscle tone and figured “This is what beautiful should look like.”  Unfortunately my body type was more muscular and I was never going to be stick thin.

I tried all kinds of diets, even a jelly bean diet (it was fat free and low calories; now I know better!), and of course, none of them worked because it wasn’t how my body was designed.  Now I am older and wiser (I hope!)  I realize being skinny or thin is great if that is what your natural body type is, but being strong is best.  Strong is sexy, strong is toned, and strong is having curves in all the right places.  If you want to learn how I did it, check out this video.

When women lift weighs, they increase their metabolism, add shape and tone, while eliminating jiggly thighs, arms, and belly.  Lifting weights also makes you stronger, building lean muscles, adding shape and sexy curves to your body.  Your body feels firm and toned, and best of all, you also feel amazing!  See for yourself:  Try one of my workouts and share with me how you feel after.

 

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Make it a Healthy Day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

 

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