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Getting Back in Shape Even if It’s Been a While

We’ve all been there. We’ve jumped off the bandwagon and we’ve been watching it go by time and time again, but haven’t yet been able to get back on. It’s tough, we know that. And for those of you who are considering or have already gotten CoolSculpting, taking the effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle (as well as your new results!) is extremely important. This article from Allure gives us five ways to help you get back into shape.

My first piece of advice is to think back to a time when you did work out. Muscle does have memory; if you exercised regularly at some point, then you don’t have to imagine what it’s like to be an athlete. You already know.

  • Gear up. Find something that gets you excited. A new outfit does it for a lot of people, and there are so many styles that emphasize the body parts you like—and minimize any you don’t. Or consider cool sneakers or a Fitbit.
  • Make a window. I’ve seen every study about ideal times to work out: morning, midday, evening. Mine is 11 a.m., but if I waited for that time to be free in my schedule, it would never happen. The best time to work out is when you have 20 to 30 minutes in your day.
  • Expect the worst. The first time out will be brutal—you’ll be so winded, you’ll feel like you’re gargling your heart. It’s an awful feeling, but try to see it as confirmation that you need to make a change. And know that if you work out three or four times a week, you should see a big difference in just two weeks.
  • Set the pace. Your initial workouts should be about raising your heart rate (aim for 85 percent of the maximum) and light resistance training. The first few weeks aren’t the time for explosive moves—no throwing heavy weights or sprinting. I like a stationary bike because you can set your own intensity and it’s low impact; a treadmill on an incline is also great. It helps you build endurance and burns calories without a high risk of injury.
  • Join in. Classes are great because they force you to schedule a workout rather than waiting for the mood to strike. Look for a beginner session, ideally at an off-peak time—a crowded room can be intimidating.
  • Know your type. A trainer can help you set goals and push yourself safely, but trainers are like doctors—they have specialties. Ask for someone who likes to work with people just starting out.
Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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