Audra Yocom is a certified personal trainer based out of Los Angeles, who will be answering your fitness questions on a weekly basis (every Monday) and will also bring you monthly fitness tips via her regular column (resuming in July) to help us to dis-spell those myths we’ve all been subjected to regarding fitness at one point or another in our battle with the bulge. You can also hear Audra with her fitness tips during the early morning (5am – 7am) A.M. Blast block of upbeat tunes geared towards your morning workout and via her new “Fitness and Health” Show the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm on intraffikradio.com (http://tinyurl.com/intraffikradio) or under Intraffikradio under the eclectic section under iTunes Radio. To learn more about Audra or to inquire about training sessions visit her site http://audrayocom.com.
ANSWER: How many calories you want to burn each time you exercise is really dependent upon what your fitness goals are. There are 3,500 calories in a pound so divide 3,500 by 7 days. If the goal is to lose a pound a week you need to create a deficit of 500 calories per day. To burn 500 calories in one workout is do-able, but it’s a very intense workout.
Combining a healthy diet with exercise is the best way. One of the best ways to count your calories and help yourself lose weight is to use an app like Loseit.com. With this app, you can enter everything you are eating (many of the foods you consume daily are likely already in the app) and it will count the calories for you. It also allows you to enter your exercise and will calculate roughly how many calories you burned based on exercise type and intensity level. To get a more accurate idea of how many calories are burned in each of your workouts it’s best to get a heart rate monitor that calculates the number of calories burned based on your heart rate throughout the exercise.