Wednesday, February 06, 2008

THINK THIN THURSDAYS!



In conjunction with Sasha White's Slim Camp blogs every Thursday, where she and others in search of a healthier lifetyle share tips, recipes, frustration and celebration, I've decided to do "Think Thin Thursdays" I'm in a battle with the bulge myself and while several years ago my goal would have been a svelte physique, these days I'm more realistic and simply want to get and stay healthy.
This week's post is a few facts about exercise. Feel free to share your thoughts and/or ideas, ok? We're all in this together!
Some exercise facts taken from The Calorie King Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter:
* Persons who exercise regularly lose more weight and keep it off longer than non-exercisers.
* Exercise also improves general health and well-being. Mood, confidence and self-esteem are enhanced by a sense of control and accomplishment.
* Exercise increases the metabolic rate of the body even for hours after exercise - a good way to "wake up" a sluggish metabolism and burn extra fat. Exercise compensates for any decrease in metabolic rate with increasing age and also in some heavy smokers who stop smoking.
* Strength training further builds muscle and aids body reshaping. You can also eat a little more food! Note: Each extra pound of muscle burns an extra 50 calories daily - even while you sleep! Weight from exercised muscles is okay. It is surplus fat (particularly abdominal fat) that is potentially harmful to health.
* Avoid injury by beginning with walking, low impact aerobics, or weight-supported exercise (e.g. swimming, cycling).
* How Much? Start with 10-20 minutes/day and progress to 30-60 minutes/day. Also, walk up stairs instead of using elevators. Take a brisk walk at lunch. Use an exercise bike, treadmill or stair machine while watching TV. Walk the dog.
* How Often? While aerobic fitness requires only 3-4 sessions weekly, weight control is a daily event which requires daily exercise.
Have a great day and think thin!
Laurie

2 comments:

Sasha White said...

Great Tips, Laurie!!

I have to keep reminding myself to take it slow and steady with the workouts right now as I regularly sprain my ankle. :(

Lisa F. said...

Hi Laurie! Eddie and I resolved this year to get healthy and if some weight loss happens that will be great! We've been walking on the treadmill at least 3 times per week and I read that at our ages a 10-15 minute brisk walk several times a day is better than a 30 minute walk.

I also got a new vehicle so it's been a great incentive to park at the end of the lot and walk to the door instead of trying to get a place real close.

We've been eating salads with fat-free dressing and cut way back on our fat intake. We've been eating lots of grilled fish and chicken! I really miss eating cheese and dessert.

Good luck with your getting healthy!