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!

 

muscle-is-good

 

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!

 

Squat

Squat

 

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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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. ❤
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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.

 

 

Workout-Morning

 

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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How To Squat

How To Squat

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!  One of the best exercises you can do to hit almost every major body part is squat.  Squats are great for tighten and toning your legs including hamstring, quads, and glutes, but did you know it also tightens your core and your back?   When you do squats correctly, you engage almost every part of your body.  Squats build lean muscles, which helps boost your metabolism and burn more calories.  When you build lean muscles, you increase your metabolism because muscles require more energy to sustain, therefore, using more calories. So how do you do a proper squat?  Simple.  Squat like a baby.

 

How to Squat Correctly

1.  Head in neutral position

2.  Tighten your torso

3. Keep your knees behind your toes

4.  Feet should be about shoulder width apart

5.  Keep your weight towards your heels

6. Stick your hips out like you are sitting in a chair.

 

How to Squat

How to Squat

 

Remember, the most important thing with squats is to maintain proper body position.  What’s your favorite leg day exercise?  My favorite leg day exercise is squats, and my least favorite leg exercise would probably be lunges.  =p

 

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Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Nutrition, Healthy Living, Free Workouts and Weight Loss Tips

 

P.S.  If you are trying to get in shape and you don’t have a lot of time, check out my video to see exactly what I do to lose weight fast. =)

 

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Cardio Upper Body Home Workout

Cardio Upper Body Home Workout

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

This is Annie and I’ve got a great cardio upper body home workout for you that tone up your upper body and burn off body fat! It is part of the bikini body workout series. Tone up your arms, core, abs, back, and get your heart pumping at the same time!  You don’t need any equipment and you can do the workout anywhere.

 

Cardio Upper Body Home Workout

3 rounds – 30 seconds of each exercise, 10 seconds rest time
Roller Bladder
Side to Side Plank
High Knees
Tricep Dips

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Want to get results even faster?  Check out this educational weight loss video on how to lose 24 pounds by next month.  In addition to losing weight and getting in shape, you will also be healthier!

 

Make it a Healthy Day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

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Weight Training For Women

Weight Training For Women

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!  There is a common misconception “skinny” is sexy. For most women, including myself at one time, the ideal figure is a skinny figure, with a flat stomach, arms that doesn’t jiggle, and fat free legs. I was scared to lift weights, because I “didn’t want to look like a guy”. Instead I would hit the cardio machine, running on the treadmill, hitting the elliptical, and using the “girly” weights, avoiding anything that was, in my mind, exercise for men. It took me years to realize my mistake.

 

girl-dumbbell

 

When I finally started to weight train because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted, I realized all of my fears and misconceptions about lifting weights were wrong. I started seeing my body become stronger, my stomach was flatter, and my body fat was decreasing. I ate the same types of foods I always ate: Lean cuts of protein, fresh vegetables and fruits, and complex unprocessed carbohydrates. But now instead of having a “pancake” butt, I had curves on my glutes, and was finally able to fill out my jeans.

 

Weight Training for Women

Get sexy and feminine curves without the fear of building bulk

Lift weights build curves

 

When a woman weight train, she builds soft round curves to her body, the feminine type of curves. Her stomach will be flat, because muscles use more calories (energy) to sustain, increasing your metabolism. From doing biceps and triceps exercises, a woman’s arms will be firm and will not jiggle, rocking that spaghetti tank top or strapless cocktail dress. Her legs will develop shape, giving you the desirable “hour glass shape”. For most women, the problem area, her butt will be firmer, and there will be minimal fat on her legs.  And as far as looking like a guy? It will not happen.  A woman’s body is designed differently than a man’s.  We do not have as much testosterone as a man, so you will not get “big” like a man. You will achieve the sexy bikini look, with toned arms, flat abs, and a round fuller butt.  So go ahead and grab the weighs.  You won’t regret it. =)

 

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Make it a Healthy Day,

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Free Workouts, Healthy Living, Nutrition and Weight Loss Tips

 

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, abs are made in the kitchen, so I’ll also go over what you need to eat to lose weight. ❤

 

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Fun Exercise Ideas:  Paddle in the City

Fun Exercise Ideas: Paddle in the City

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!  Want some fun exercise ideas, all while having fun in the great outdoors? Try Paddle in the City:  Urban Paddling, a fun outdoor activity which is essentially kayaking or canoeing in the city. Whether your goal is to train for a white water kayaking adventure, brave the open sea, or simply to have fun working out and changing your fitness routine, all while getting your heart rate up, paddling is for you.

 

fun new way to exercise

Canoe in city

 

It is a great aerobic exercise, all while strengthening your core including, back and stomach, in addition to create tone in your arms.   Urban paddling is great for getting your upper body in shape for tank top and swimsuit season.  It is also a great way to enjoy way to see the city from another perspective. It is a perfect way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon with friends, family, or by yourself.

 

tone-arms

Tone upper body by Paddling

 

If you don’t live by any bodies of water but want to try paddling, try doing it next time you are on vacation.  Check out the following cities, ranked by National Geographic as the best cities to kayak or canoe.

BEST CITY TO KAYAK

1.  Chattanooga, Tennessee

2.  Ann Arbor, Michigan

3.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.  Chicago, Illinois

5.  Boston, Massachusetts

6.  Austin, Texas

 

Canoe in the City

Canoe in the City

 

Whether you are looking to try a new competitive sport or just have fun, urban paddling is a great way to change up your workout and fitness routine and add some outdoor excitement to your regular routine.

 

What are your favorite fun exercise ideas?  Share with our community and leave comments below.  =)

 

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Make it a Healthy Day,

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

Free Workouts, Healthy Living, Nutrition and Weight Loss Tips

 

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, abs are made in the kitchen, so I’ll also go over what you need to eat to lose weight. ❤

 

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