Aaron Savvy, ACSM Certified Trainer
Can I eat whatever I want and still reach my fitness goals? —Ron, San Diego
I wish this were true. Every year, I will see the same people working out six days a week and with frustration, they still look the same. When I talk to them, I always ask about their nutrition. They look at me as if I’ve said something foreign to them. Eighty percent of how your body will look is how you fuel your body. The other 20 percent is what you do in the gym. So be sure to fuel your body with lean meats, grains, vegetables, healthy fats and fruits.
Is there anything I can do to enhance and make my physique look even more cut and defined? —Nathan, Los Angeles
If you are already defined and cut, the best way to bring out muscular definition is to tan. If you’re afraid of tanning due to high UV rays, go to Uvasun on 3rd Street. They actually have different tanning beds that cater to different skin types. They also do spray tans. It’s amazing in that it naturally brings out the best for muscular definition.
Is it okay to work out when you are sick? —James, Hollywood
Folks, if you are sick, stay home! There is no such thing as ‘sweating out sickness.’ You are only spreading your germ infestations to the healthy people working out. They don’t want your germs, just as much as you don’t want someone else’s. Doing some research, I found that gyms carry more germs and bacteria than any other place. I can understand how you may think of discharging your cold by trying to sweat it out, but when your body is under attack with either the flu or cold, your immune system is fighting back. With the amount of energy your immune system is using to beat off the bacteria, exerting yourself by working out is only going to delay your recovery time. Rest is the best thing you could ever give your body. Think about this—when you are working out, you are tearing down muscle fibers. The only way for your body to build and create muscle mass is through resting. When you are sick, the only way to get better is through resting. If you’re good to your body, your body in return will be good to you.
Email Aaron your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.