Carolyn Phillips Answers Your Questions

Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

It’s time for Ask Carolyn!  Carolyn Phillips answers your questions this week… check out what she has to say below!

Devin asks… How much water should a person drink a day, especially if working out when it’s really hot outside?

There’s really no standardization– it depends on how big you are, how much weight you have, if it’s hot outside… there’s a lot of variables, but a good rule of thumb would be 8 to 13 glasses a day to avoid heat exhaustion.  Make sure you sip and drink all day long, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.

If you have heat exhaustion, try to get some help.  Next, be sure you’re drinking fluid and replacing salts.  Get yourself to air conditioned areas, lie down and put your feet up, and you might want to take some cold showers to bring your core temperature down.

Debbie asks… Should you eat something before morning exercises, or not?

Many exercisers believe you’ll burn more calories if you exercise on an empty stomach, but that’s not true– you have to fuel the car before you drive.

Jeff asks… How do you know the difference between good carbs and bad carbs?

Carbs have gotten a bad rap– they’re very important and they do many things for you, but the way to tell the right kind of carb is how much fiber it contains.  If it has a lot of fiber, it’s a good carbohydrate, such as grains, fruits and vegetables… bad carbs are the very processed ones.

Pat wants to know… Why is it harder for women to lose weight after 40?

As we get older, our metabolism slows down, but that’s only a part of it– there’s a lot of factors that build up over the years.  If you don’t exercise, you’ll lose muscle mass. If you chronically diet throughout the years, you’ll slow down your metabolism.  If you have a lot of stress or don’t handle your emotions well, it can throw off your hormones.  There’s a variety of different factors, and it’s not a simple answer.  But the reality is, you don’t have to gain weight as you get older, if you keep doing the right things.

Carolyn Phillips

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