Our Rancho Cucamonga fitness trainers field a lot of fitness-related questions on a regular basis, so we thought we’d take the time to answer some of these questions for you. As the GI Joes say, “Knowing is half the battle!” The half, of course, being hard work, persistence, drive – which is where we come in to help you!

Question: Which burns more calories – walking several miles or jogging?

Answer:  A Syracuse University study found that men burned 124 calories while running, compared to 88 while walking. Women burned 105 running and 74 walking. You’ll burn about 50 percent more calories running because you expend more energy propelling yourself from foot to foot.

Question: What is better for a short 30 minute workout – cardio or weights?

Answer: Our Rancho Cucamonga personal fitness trainers offer customized programs for busy people who don’t have hours of time to invest in their workouts. The short answer is that a combination of the two is generally best, overall. Weights help you build more muscle, which helps you burn more calories at rest. Also, you want to avoid having the same workout every day or you will hit the dreaded “plateau” and stop burning fat. If you want to lose weight or blow off some steam, we’d say cardio. If you want to become stronger and more flexible, we’d say weights.

Question: How can I stop the pain in my side while running?

Answer: When you get a “stitch” in your side while running, we find it’s best to reduce the intensity of your workout temporarily, breathe deeply and tighten the abdomen while bending forward. The best way to prevent this from happening is to work with a trainer who can take you to the appropriate intensity level gradually.

Question: Why are warm-ups so important?

Answer: Our Rancho Cucamonga fitness programs always begin with a warm-up because slowly increasing the intensity of a workout: increases the release of oxygen into the blood, increases body temperature, increases blood flow to the muscles, increases blood flow to the heart, starts body temperature regulation mechanisms, enhances the transmission of nerve impulses, prepares the heart and muscles for more strenuous exercise, and decreases the possibility of injury.

Question: How do I get the chiseled abs of celebrities?

Answer: It’s all a matter of building muscle mass, while decreasing body fat percentage, friend.

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