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Health Minute Talks About Being Fit For Summer

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 5/26/2013   Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off of the summer season.     That means short sleeves and bathing suits.    If you're in rush to get into shape, there's good news.    Holly Firfer talks to a trainer about how to get the most out of your workout in the Health Minute.   Jean Exum is working hard to get fit for summer.   "I just basically want to get stronger and be healthy," she says. "I'd like to have Brandy's arms by summertime, please."   So, personal trainer Brandy Drinkard puts Jean through a combination workout, one of the best ways to get fit. You burn calories and build muscle.   "The most efficient workout is one that combines cardio exercises, what would normally be called aerobic-type exercises, with strength training."   Instead of two separate workouts, one where you do weight work and another just an aerobic exercise, doning them together cuts your workout in half.   The key is to keep your heart rate up.   "Some of the things that look not quite as hard, the lunges or the squats, you bump it up a little bit when you have a weighted ball," says Drinkard.   Brandy has Jean jog to get her heart pumping and then uses resistance bands to build muscle.   Soon, it's more aerobic exercise with step work, then back to resistance training.   Brandy suggests people do combination workouts three times a week and get some type of aerobic exercise on two other days.   "I feel pretty good, but my muscles are definitely feeling it," says Exum.   And, Jean's feeling like she's well on hr way to meeting her goals.  
   
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