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The Benefits of Burpees

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Before explaining the benefits of burpees, it is important to share what exactly a burpee is, for those who have never heard of this exercise. A burpee is a six-count intense exercise movement, which combines squats and push-ups into an intensive singular movement, where you go from a standing position, to a squat, to a plank position, then perform a push-up and finally, reversing the order until you are standing.

Performing burpees as part of your normal workout routine does have several benefits. However, before attempting this intensive exercise, it is highly recommended you have someone there to supervise, as well as get permission from your healthcare provider, if you are not in peak physical condition. Some of the benefits you can gain by doing burpees, and repeating them in quick succession, as many times as possible before tiring include:

  • Increases Endurance – Since burpees are performed quickly, and rely upon the entire movement of the body and all of your body weight, they are considered a “high-load” exercise. In addition, most people can perform as many as 15 complete burpees in just a 30 second period. Due to the high repetitions in a short period of time and high weight load, they are an effective exercise to use to increase endurance.
  • Promotes Weight Loss – Burpees can help you lose weight (fat) because you are moving the muscles throughout the entire body and burning a large number of calories. When you burn more calories than you consume, it results in a reduction in body fat.
  • Increases Strength – Since burpees push you through a wide range of strength building exercises, namely push-ups and squats, they help increase muscle mass and muscle strength. Not only does muscular strength in the legs and arms increase, but also the back, hips, stomach, and more.
  • Improves Anaerobic Capacity – Burpees raise your heart rate in a short period of time, thereby contributing to anaerobic exercise training. During anaerobic training the body tends to produce energy with limited or without oxygen assistance. Doing burpees frequently can help increase your anaerobic capacity, and lead to improved heart and lung health.

For beginners, it is highly recommended to move through the burpee motions slowly at a regular pace, and gradually increase the speed in which you complete them as you become more comfortable. The last thing you want to do is cause an injury to your body because you tried to quickly move through unfamiliar motions.

If you are having problems performing burpees with your hands firmly on the floor, some beginners rely upon a step, bench, or box for support. As you become more proficient, then you should gradually lower the height of the support until you are doing burpees directly on the floor.

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As your body starts to peak with regular burpees, you should consider one of several different burpee variations to make your reps more challenging, to continue to gain further benefits. After any intense workout, including burpees, remember to refuel your body with energy bars and protein bars ordered from Promax Nutrition by calling (888) 728-8962 now.

10 Reasons to Start Running

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Picture it: you wake up, get dressed, grab an energy bar, and head out into the early morning light. Your purpose—running. Running is, by far, one of the most popular forms of exercise today. When you run, you can get your heart rate up quickly, helping you burn calories. Over time, your body will build up more stamina, and you will be able to run even longer distances. Running and fitness go hand-in-hand. However, if you are new to the world of running, it can seem a little intimidating. Here are 10 reasons why you should add running to your daily exercise routine.

1.      Fewer doctor visits — When you are physically active, especially an intense activity like running, you lower your chances of developing breast and/or colon cancer. It can also help lower your blood pressure with just a few weeks of regular running.

2.      Longer life — Runners have shown to have a longer life span than those who don’t actively run. They also tend to have fewer disabilities.

3.      Burn, baby, burn — Running is one of the best ways to burn calories fast. A person who weighs around 150-160 pounds can burn up to 800 calories in an hour.

4.      No limits — Unlike other exercises that require special equipment and locations, as long as you have a good pair of running shoes, you can run anywhere and anytime. Not only do you have freedom, you can also save lots of money on expensive gym memberships and equipment.

5.      Mental health — Regular exercise, such as running, can keep you mentally fit, as well as physically fit, even reducing signs of dementia as you get older.

6.      Be social — Running is a great way to meet new people. Whether you join a gym or just run at the park, you will find lots of other runners along the way.

7.      Bring a pet — Running is a great way to spend some quality time with your dog. It’s also a great way to make sure your furry friend gets his exercise, too!

8.      All weather — With running, you can run outside when it’s beautiful weather, and when the weather is yucky, you can hit the treadmill. You will never have to miss a running session due to the weather, because it is such a versatile exercise.

9.      Keep calm — Running has been shown to boost the levels of serotonin in your brain, which helps keep you feeling relaxed and calm.

10.  A good night’s sleep — Running, like other exercises, helps you to get a more restful sleep at night, which means you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the world.

Now that you have more than enough reasons to start running, go ahead and put on your running shoes—it’s time for you to hit the road to a long and healthy life.

To learn more about the benefits of running, and how our bars can help fuel your body before and after a long run, contact us at Promax Nutrition.