Friday, January 20, 2012

You've Got to Move It...Move It

Last Christmas, my parents gave us an elliptical machine for Christmas. We found one we really like at Costco. I try to use it at least 3 times weekly. I promise myself I only have to do it for 15 minutes, but I usually get going and go longer than that. Sometimes I just go outside and walk for 30 minutes. Did you know that for every mile you log in, you burn about 100 calories. You will also boost your resting metabolism, burning more calories even when you are asleep at night. Any type of cardio exercise will also help keep your heart strong, aid circulation, and help with high blood pressure. So just do it, as the Nike ad says, and GET MOVING. Just start slowly or you will be sore.

I downloaded a neat app on my iphone called SportsTracker. It was free, and when you go for an outdoors walk, it will tell you how far you went, and how many calories you have burned. Along the way, it updates your speed, and your distance. Check it out. I just love it. It also allows you to play music on your phone's Ipod at the same time.

Just this week, I joined a local gym. I had a session with a personal trainer yesterday, and he taught me some new exercises, mostly to strengthen my core. I am not really trying to lose pounds now, but I do want to add muscle and strengthen. Weight lifting exercises are important for increasing strength, muscle tone, and improving bone density. Building muscle increases your metabolism dramatically. For each pound of muscle you add, you can burn up to 50 calories more per day . If you add 10 pounds of muscle that adds up to 500 calories daily which means a 1 pound loss of weight per week. So, you can see, that by getting rid of fat and increasing your muscle mass, you could really see a difference in the course of a year.

Once again, I have nothing magical, but if you drink lots of water, eat a good breakfast, and exercise, you will start to see results.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

You are really doing a great job sticking with the program. I am looking forward to walking more.
Have a great weekend.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Amen to all!! I'd really love to have an elliptical instead of my treadmill. Except for the space factor. Wonder if they make any that fold up, but are still good quality? You are doing great! I'm doing better, and I find your tips and progress very inspiring.. thank you! -Tammy

Denise Rose said...

Great advice and I am working at it! Thanks for the tip about the app - I'm going to check it out!

Sue said...

You are really doing great Shelia, adding muscle training is next on my list, the walking I am doing regularly, maybe next week. Thanks for the motivation.