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Aerobic AND Resistance Training

Happy Friday everyone! 

This week we're pleased to officially welcome newcomers Evan and Elyse to the Balmain group. We look forward to training with you in the park, and including you in this fun and supportive community. 

Andy has been informed that the NEW t-shirts will arrive next week. He'll get them out to you asap. 

Its great to see some beautiful clear mornings, even if they're a little fresher. Make sure you're making a training plan for the week and sticking to it as much as you can. Prep yourself (and your gear) the night before, so there aren't any decisions to make in the morning, and just get it done. You won't regret it. 

Back to body composition! Aerobic (cardio) and resistance (strength) training are both essential for improving body composition. Here's why:

Aerobic Training

1. Fat Loss: Aerobic training is effective for burning calories and reducing body fat. It increases your heart rate and energy expenditure, which helps create the calorie deficit necessary for fat loss.

2. Metabolic Rate: Regular aerobic exercise can boost your metabolism, helping you burn more calories even at rest. This can contribute to more significant fat loss over time.

3. Mental Health: Aerobic activities can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, which indirectly supports healthier eating habits and lifestyle choices that benefit body composition.

Resistance Training

1. Muscle Growth: Resistance training is crucial for building and maintaining muscle mass. More muscle mass increases your basal metabolic rate, meaning you burn more calories even at rest.

2. Body Shape and Tone: Resistance training helps shape and tone your body, creating a more defined and muscular appearance. This contributes to a lower body fat percentage as muscle tissue is denser than fat.

3. Bone Health: It increases bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. This is especially important as you age.

As illustrated above, both modalities have a significant role to play in altering body composition, and the combination of the two can lead to greater fat loss than either form of exercise alone. A varied exercise routine that includes both aerobic and resistance training is also more engaging and sustainable over the long term, helping to maintain consistent exercise habits. Together, they provide a holistic approach to fitness, enhancing overall health, physical appearance, and functional capacity.

Andy will be at Balmain tomorrow, bright and early! Not too many photos this week, but it's great to see the battle ropes out again. Wishing you all a warm and relaxing weekend! 

Exercise Review 



Even if you have no plans to put your hand up for a half marathon (or triathlon) any time soon, chances are you are doing a small amount of running when you turn up to Daybreak. Improving your running technique can obviously increase your speed, but it can also make a big difference to how you feel while doing it. If you want running to feel more natural and effortless, this is a good place to start.  


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