Fall Fat? Not this Honky!

Thanks to my RN fiancé, I learned that there are 3 different duration levels when it comes to exercising that relate directly to your fitness goals:

  • 30 Minutes

    Exercising for 30 minutes a day helps burn calories that you wouldn’t normally use throughout the day. In other words, 30 minutes of exercise a day, though helpful, is in most cases a wash. For those of us who want to lose weight… the bar is set a bit higher.

  • 60 Minutes

    If you spend 60 minutes a day exercising, this not only burns excess calories, but helps prevent weight gain. But as you might notice, I said, “prevent” weight gain, not lose weight.

  • 90 Minutes

    Finally! By exercising 90 minutes a day, you start losing weight.

If you’ve ever seen Bowflex commercials on TV, you’ll hear that for “As little as 30 minutes a day you can be in the best shape of your life.” This is potentially true. Weight training, in my opinion, is far superior to aerobic exercise. However, I don’t think the people in those commercials only spend 30 minutes a day training. I have a feeling they do a wee bit more…;-)

But don’t take my word for it, you can read it all here at: http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/physical_activity_amount.html

Personally, I’m tired of maintaining, so I’m exercising Emeril style and kicking it up another notch. I’ve moved my workout routine from 4 days a week, 2 days weight training and 2 days doing 30 minutes of cardio, to 5 days a week doing both! Now it’s cardio for 45 minutes and weight training afterwards.

So… we’ll see if this white boy adds any winter fat this season! I say… bring it on!

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One Response to “Fall Fat? Not this Honky!”

  1. Make a Lifestyle Change, Not a Resolution » BrianShoff.com says:

    […] I’m happy to say that I’ve stayed true to my October fitness affirmation, I even added to it, but I just recently got over a bump in the road. As you might have guessed, I’m not a fan of health clubs in January. It’s at this time of year that, like magic, a simple 1-hour workout turns into a 2 to 3 hour ordeal. After having had enough, I decided to bring my routine home. […]

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