Newer research suggests that intermittent bouts of exercise, is better than an hour spent at the gym. Furthermore, if your time is spent sitting all day, that hour you spent working out is offset by the hours you spend sedentary. Think about it. If you are sitting 85-90% of the time, while only 10% (or less) is spent exercising, does that add up to an active lifestyle?
Yes, a large part of this investment is nutrition. However, if you can find 10-20 min, 3-4 times a day, to walk, cycle, do a portion of a workout dvd, run, throw or kick a ball, your metabolism begins to believe you are active. It then starts to behave as if you are active. What does that mean? Better use of stored fat for calorie expenditure. You may also avoid the “munchies” that an hour or two of high intensity exercise often provides.
You don’t have to take my word for it. A similar story appeared on Dr. Oz–with Chris Powell illustrating short, but effective exercises designed to rev up your metabolism. I’m sure if you search his site, you will find it.
Consider this in the meantime. To what do you attribute the popularity of DVDs divided in 15-20 minute intervals? Why is something like Tony Horton’s “10 minute trainer” gaining attention? Better yet….why do so many fail to stick to an exercise program, that requires an hour or longer, 4-6x a week? Need another “for instance?” New Year’s resolutions. A high percentage of them involve losing weight. Of that, perhaps fifty percent or more will join a health club. After about 6 weeks into the new year (I’m being generous) how many are still there?
Yes, life is busy–and there are only 24hrs in day. We all must take care of families, eat, sleep, and work. But that doesn’t excuse any one of us, from taking care of ourselves. Take a walk; take your kids for a walk. Run around the park with them. Climb a monkey bar–great exercise for agility. Whatever it is–10 minute yoga, 15 minute walk at lunch, 20 minute run, 15 minutes of “hide and seek,” it will add up; and more to the point, so will the benefits.
All for now. Keep up and keep at it.
Questions? Comments? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org