Relax While Exercising

This weekend I found some exercising that is both a great upper body workout, and really relaxing. I took my girlfriend out in a canoe. We paddled around for about 3 hours. This burned about 750 calories (according to http://www.nutristrategy.com/activitylist.htm ). The best part of this exercise is it was very relaxing. We saw some swans, fish jumping out of the water, and just enjoyed the breeze and sunshine (while burning calories).

Today we also have an article from www.sparkpeople.com about over doing it. If you are really exhausted you need to make sure you're getting enough sleep. Your body needs that time to repair itself. You may do more harm than good if you're pushing yourself when you need rest.

We read a listener email who says having a pedometer keeps him moving as its just a gentle reminder to keep moving. I start my day by taking 5000 steps. Then I find that through the day I'll get between 1500 and 4000 steps. This way towards the end of the day I'm close to 10,000 (my goal) and I will take a short walk to get to 10,000. Find pedometers at http://shop.logicalloss.com

One of the keys of avoiding “fast food” (McDonald's, Wendy's) is to have FAST FOOD at home. My favorites are the steamed vegetables from birdseye. You get home, pop it in the microwave for 5 minutes, by the time you pet the dog, and get the mail, your vegies are ready. Now when you pass a McDonald's you know that you will be eating as soon as you get in the door.

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Today we are talking about what I called “The Shoe Boot Express” Thats right WALKING.

It's nice out now (April) and if you're bored with your workout – take it outdoors. It makes a difference to me, maybe it will to you as well. I watched another episode of “I Can Make Your Thin” with Paul McKenna and this week they talked about how fit people walk 6,000 steps a day, and overweight people take 4,000 steps a day.

How long does it take to make up the missing 2,000 steps? About 15 minutes according to Paul. So I went looking into pedometers and was amazed at how inexpensive they are. I picked up one at Wal-Mart for 8 bucks (they are as low as 5 and as high as 13). However this cheap piece of crap made in China didn't work. I took it back and exchanged it and this one (same model) seems to be working. It calculates distance, it measures my target steps for the day, calculates the amount of calories burned.

Remember with all exercise to consult your doctor and start slow. Don't start out walking 10,000 steps (which is what the pedometer says to shoot for). Start out walking 2 blocks, then 3, then 4. Work into so that you don't hurt yourself. In the “I can make you thin” episode this is used to speed up your metabolism. If you think you are stuck with a slow metabolism, you are wrong. Exercise can boost your metabolism.

I've added pedometers to the “Logical Weight Loss Shop” at amazon.com

Books About  Fitness Through Pedometers
Pedomter Walking: Stepping Your Way to Health, Weight Loss and Fitness

10,000 Steps a Day to Your Optimal Weight: Walk Your Way to Better Health

Manpo-Kei: The Art and Science of Step Counting

The Step Diet: Count Steps, Not Calories to Lose Weight and Keep It off Forever

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