Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Every Little Bit of Exercise Helps

Too many times I've heard exercise and diet gurus insist that we have to work out at such and such a speed, get one's target heart rate to X or work out to the extent we can't carry on a conversation.

And, you wonder why America is getting fat??? I think these "experts" have instilled in us a sense that it's all or nothing. You either work out to the extent that you're drenched in sweat and have to take a shower and change clothes or it's not worth it.

But it is worth it. Now you may not lose 30 pounds taking a light 30 minute walk a day, but if you burn 100 calories on that walk, that's 3,500 calories burned over 35 days. That's one pound lost or one pound not gained. If you have been gaining 6 pounds a year, by just taking a 30 minute stroll daily, you could lose approximately 3 pounds in a year instead of gaining six. Now, 3 pounds lost in a year may not be much, but it is sure as hell better than gaining 6.

Not everyone can do an intense work out for an hour a day that requires showering and changing. But many can find the time to, for example, take a 30 minute walk on their lunch hour.

Yes, try to get those intense work out in when you can (and the more frequently you do the more weight you'll lose), but strive to find time to exercise everyday.

That was one reason why I got a treadmill and parked it in front of a TV. I have no excuse not to exercise no matter what the weather or schedule. No matter how tired I am, if I have the time to watch TV, I have the time to exercise. If I'm completely exhausted it may not be the intense 3.2 miles an hour at a 7 incline I generally do, but at a 2 incline at 2.5 miles an hour I can still burn 200 or so calories in just under an hour (that's an episode of Gossip Girl).

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