Perhaps we should stop using the tortoise/hare analogy?? If I run their race at 10 mph for 30 seconds to the tree, lie down and nap all day until the last 30 seconds and run again for 30 more seconds, I burn 21 calories.
If I walk at 2mph like the tortoise, I burn 190 calories an hour. And according to the story, the hare got to take quite a lengthy nap.
AND look at all the strength training the tortoise added to his workout, carrying around his house.
So the slow and steady not only won the race, but also got the better combined workout according to my calculations.
I'm trying but need to work harder. Thanks for sharing.
7/9/2013 9:52:55 AM
Good tips! I have to agree with some of the other members who said they prefer strength training/lifting BEFORE Cardio...it gets your body warmed up and ready if you do it first, and I find that I have more energy this way. I have tried Cardio before lifting and my energy level was way down, so I didn't have the power I normally do when doing weights first.
7/9/2013 8:18:33 AM
I have found that one of the best things I can do is to be consistent. Make exercise part of your day for the rest of your life. Schedule days when you take a break, but when you are exercising give it some effort. Cardio before or after running??? Changing up your workout??? What is good for one person is not necessarily good for the next. However, a little push from a workout partner has always been key to a really good workout for me. My wife and I go to the gym together regularly, that equals a life long commitment in my book. My pastor at Capital Baptist Church in Annandale, VA is known as the "Anti-Fat Pastor", he is the founder of the Bod 4 God or Losing to Live program and he brings a biblical perspective on healthy living. If you would like to know more about this program and bringing it to your church go to the following website:
11/19/2012 8:57:35 AM
Love some of these tips, read them a while back and have been using them with good effects! I have been using a sweat suit as well though! I got one of these www.sweatsuits.co.uk and just wondered how many other people use them as well? Everything I read is bad :-( but I have had some really great use out of mine!
All of these tips sound great for those who work out in a gym. I am not a gym exerciser so I have to look for other ways of upping my intensity and workouts. As a walker/runner, I have added weights (around my ankles and wrists) to increase the intensity. I also like to challenge myself on my speed by trying to beat my times for specific routes. Lastly, when I am walking, I definitely do the whole "power" walk.
11/14/2012 3:08:59 PM
Exercising in a swiming pool ....I find great .... just last week someone brought a radio..... cranked up the oldies but goodies station.......... now most of us are the baby boomers..... made the exercising much easier.......... Thank you for the music tip..... Russ
I find it a much better workout to lift weights first and then do cardio. Although I do believe in working out with more complex moves and going from one set of muscles to the next without rest. By the time I am done strength training I have my heart going at 145 bpm.
Agreed 100% on the music idea. I use it for housework too (you'd be amazed how much less painful mundane tasks are with uptempo music!) I love an app called FIT radio, its beyond awesome!! http://www.fitradio.com/
These are all valid suggestions, but I am surprised weight lifting wasn't brought up, other than to say do it after cardio (which I don't necessarily agree with). It only addressed how to burn more calories WHILE doing doing cardio. Building muscle through resistance training (picking up heavy stuff) will cause your body to burn more calories over the course of a day than cardio will.
9/2/2012 8:31:11 PM
Yeah it really is a great article, made me want to try out lots of little intense 10 minute streaks.
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