On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering some excellent questions, including the best type of cardio if you’re a little bit overweight?
Thanks for reading the third post in our #LLTV Q&A series, where I answer your questions.
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This was the first video being shot in my new apartment, so hopefully you like it.
Unfortunately, I don’t have my “Abs are made in the kitchen” sign on the wall, since there wasn’t a good place to put it.
But we’re still going to live the mantra:
Abs are made in the kitchen.
So eat clean food.
Alright, lets get into today’s #LLTV Q&A show, where I answer as many of your questions within 5 minutes.
1. Best forms of exercise for joint pain?
2. Does alkaline and acidic food affect health?
3. How to get lean, not bulky, abs?
4. Best type of cardio if you’re a little bit overweight?
5. How can I do a full sit up?
If you’re interested in finding out my answers to these questions, be sure to keep reading.
What are the best exercises to do when you have knee arthritis or knee pain?
I received a few questions on the best type of low impact cardio for painful joints.
The number one thing you can do is get your body into the water.
The best examples of this are:
I posted a water cardio video here.
Workouts in the water can be very low impact on your joints.
This means you’re not going to experience the same pain that you potentially could experience from going for a run outside.
Also biking can be very low impact on your joints, and so is pilates.
Ultimately, swimming will be a game changer for you.
So get your body in the water and reduce the impact on your joints.
However, I still want you lifting weights.
Does eating alkaline or acidic foods affect health, performance, and body composition?
It absolutely does.
Everything you put into your body, including food, affects your body’s pH balance.
If you are eating a lot of sugar, be aware that sugar is very acidic.
When your body is consistently acidic from eating too much sugar, this is an environment where cancer cells can breed and grow.
So it’s important to bring your body back into balance with an optimal pH of approximately 7.3.
On top of this, an acidic body can also be the cause of weight problems and many other illnesses.
I’m having an issue with the appearance of my six pack. My six pack abs are bulging out, rather than pulled or sucked in. I want to have six pack abs that are lean and ripped, not bulky abs.
Unfortunately since I’m not able to see your abs, I can’t give you a proper assessment, or provide you with a clear answer to your question.
However, I would ask you the following question:
What exercises are you doing to train your transverse abdominis?
The transverse abdominis are the inner core stabilizer muscles.
The cause of your bulging abs could also be from eating foods that cause bloating.
This bloating may be caused by food intolerances to lactose or other common allergens.
Again, it’s really hard for me to tell you exactly why your abs are bulky rather than lean and ripped, but give those ideas a try.
Brad, what is the best type of cardio if you’re a little bit overweight?
I still recommend, even if you are overweight, to try to do more HIIT training.
High intensity interval training is where you perform an activity to elevate your heart rate, for a short period of time, then you take an active rest to allow your heart rate to lower back down.
I wrote a post about how to do HIIT cardio correctly here.
High intensity interval training doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sprint, at full speed, if you’re just a beginner.
If you’re new to fitness, a simple jog for 30 seconds could be enough intensity to elevate your heart rate into the high intensity training zone.
Then you can slow it down by walking for 90 seconds, 60 seconds, or how ever much time it takes you to recover and reduce your heart rate back to the low intensity training zone.
I want to make sure you are training your heart in different training zones.
I always refer to this during our Tabata workouts.
So even if you’re overweight or out of shape, try to incorporate high intensity interval training, but just train within your fitness heart rate zones.
Again, depending on your fitness level. that could be jogging as opposed to running.
Brad, I still can’t complete a full sit-up, where I can go all the way up. I can only make it halfway up. Any good suggestions for me?
When you go halfway up, it’s probably mimicking an exercise called the crunch.
This movement is still working your abdominals and core.
Just make sure when you’re doing the movement, that you’re staying in the range of motion where your stomach and abs are contracted.
So if you’re coming up high, to the point where you no longer feel a contraction in your abs, stop and lower back down until you feel the contraction again.
Once you lose the contraction at the bottom of the crunch, stop and go back up.
Try to stay in the range of motion so you always have your core engaged.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.