Anonymous said: have you heard of plantar fasciitis? i got this from doing cardio and ive had 3 weeks rest of jumping, cardio and just doing bike riding. its still so bad when i tried bit of running yesturday, i changed shoes and everything. any tips? :(

Have you seen a doctor yet? I would highly suggest going to see a medical professional to rule out any sprains or broken bones. If it is plantar plantar fasciitis, they can give you some ideas for ways to relieve the pain. There are different wraps and heel support insoles you can try as well. 

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Anonymous said: I'm not sure if i have already asked this: When you lose weight, do you lose fat from areas such as your neck and pubic region. I have been losing weight, but extra fat on my pubic region is an insecurity. Will this change as I lose weight, and is there anything I can do to target this area?

You can lose weight there! It’s hard to say because genetics play a role in how fat is stored in your body, but general fat loss can occur just about anywhere on your body! But as you’ve probably heard before, no, you cannot spot reduce or target fat loss. Just trust that as you lose weight, your body will start to change. Love your body regardless! It is an incredible body and all your own :)

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Anonymous said: I have foot surgery coming up, and I'll be down for a month or so/unable to swim until it's healed fully. Any ideas for exercise in the meantime, and possible yoga substitutes for anxiety I can do with one unusable foot?

I would work on upper body lifting! Most of the exercises you can do seated and it will still get your heart pumping and body working. 

I also found this video on practicing yoga without placing weight on your feet. Looks like a good one!

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Anonymous said: What benefits to jumping jacks (star jumps) do for your body in terms of appearance? Like, will I get a flat belly, toned legs? etc. Thankss :)

The main benefit of jumping jacks is cardiovascular. They get your heart pumping! They can strengthen, as you are moving all of the large muscle groups, but you will get more out of them by doing modified variations as well. Try jumping jacks while holding hand weights or leg weights. Or when jumping out, try jumping into the squat position, then jumping back up into the starting position. 

All in all, jumping jacks are a form of cardio that you can incorporate into a routine. One singular exercise is not going to give you a flat belly or toned legs - it’s doing full body workouts that are going to get you a toned appearance.

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Anonymous said: Hi, I have a bmi of 20 so naturally it is harder for me to lose weight. I would like to lose 10 more by November, so would you recommended eating my bmr plus running 3/4 miles 5 times a week? Thanks in advance!

First off, BMI is not the best indicator of health, and it’s important to note that. Now, since you’re in a normal BMI range, I would suggest you instead shift your focus to weight training, and focus less on the cardio aspect. You can still run the 3-4 miles if you enjoy running, but I would eat back those calories on top of your BMR! Then I would incorporate weight training and toning into your routine 3-4 times a week, and that’s going to not only build muscle in your body, but it will also boost your metabolism in the long run. You will see your body start to change and tone up, and perhaps some additional weight loss. I wouldn’t rely on the scale though - because you’re going to be gaining muscle so you will look leaner, without necessarily losing pounds. You will be reducing your body fat percentage overall!

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Anonymous said: Which is more effective for toning up in general, running or power-walking? i reeeeaaally hate running and i power walk for approx. 45 minutes a day but is 45 minutes of running better for toning up?

Well it’s important to remember that both running and power-walking are forms of cardio, so they’re both going to get your heart pumping. While I can see how running might engage the core more and build more muscle in your legs, if you’re looking to tone up, you’ll want to pair either running and/or power-walking with toning exercises. Those you can find in the FAQ :)

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