Running vs walking which burns more calories?

The answer seems obvious. Running of course right? Well in the long run, running does burn more calories. However looking at a one mile run versus a one mile walk the picture isn’t so clear.  When walking for one mile, an average calorie burn is 80.  Whereas for running, an average calorie burn is 97. This small difference isn’t much to compensate for the amount of strain running puts on your body. Now if you are running or walking for different lengths of hours the difference in calorie burn increases dramatically. At an easy pace you will burn over four times the amount of calories in an hour as you would if you were walking. The following picture also depicts how this difference changes with intensity as well as other exercises. So the next time you go out for a run or a walk decide the distance and choose your mode of exercise from there. NO EXCUSES. EARN YOUR BODY. 

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REALITY OF REACTIONS to Your Weight Loss Journey

We all want the magic cure or the quick fix to weight loss.  We will try crazy diets, pills, and wraps just to get those fast results.  Well here is the reality.  It takes time for people to you or anyone else to realize you’re losing weight.  Take a look below at some realistic time stamps on losing weight that I came across.

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THE TIME STAMPS

>It takes 4 WEEKS for YOU to see your body changing.

> It takes 8 WEEKS for YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY to notice.

>It takes 12 WEEKS for THE REST OF THE WORLD to notice.

NUTRITION TIME STAMPS

>It takes 2 WEEKS for YOUR FRIENDS to realize that you are EATING HEALTHY.

>It takes 2 MINUTES for them to try and SABOTAGE YOUR DIET.

STAY STRONG. STAY FOCUSED. NO EXCUSES. EARN YOUR BODY.

BEAT FOOD CRAVINGS

Food Cravings. A dieter’s worst nightmare.  How many of us can say I have never craved chocolate, chips, or an entire plate of pasta.  Cravings can single handedly destroy a diet or healthy nutrition lifestyle.  If we don’t answer our cravings, they tend to build and get worse.  I came across a great pin the other day that explained what your body is really craving when it wants chocolate and also some healthy options to replace chocolate with but still satisfy the craving.  Take a look below for a list of popular food cravings and how to cope.

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Remember these replacements. Maybe copy or printout this chart and hang it in your kitchen.  Ignoring food cravings is just as bad as giving into them.  Substitute a healthy option and you will have more control over not only your cravings but you diet.  NO EXCUSES. EARN YOUR BODY.

Top 5 Benefits of Cycling

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Cycling is a form of exercise that has been around for quite awhile.  At Focused Fitness, we are trying to raise money to be able to offer a cycle class to our clients. As we work towards our goals of a cycle studio, I wanted to share the benefits of offering a cycle class.  So read on and learn!

THE BENEFITS

1. Weight Management: An intensely ran cycle class can provide a great calorie burn through its cardiovascular components. This is also a great form of exercise for weight loss as it is no impact while still providing a complete total body workout.

2. Sound Sleep: Tests have shown that those that participate regularly in cycle classes sleep more soundly and in a deep sleep state more often than those who do not.

3. Fewer Injuries: This is one of the few exercises that is low impact but still offers a high intensity workout. A low impact workout decreases your risk for injury dramatically. 

4. Direct Health Benefits: The following are direct health benefits of regular aerobic exercise such as cycling; improved immune system, decrease blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels, reduced risk for heart disease, decrease risk for stroke and cancer, and improved mood.

5. Perfect for all Age Groups and Fitness Levels: There are very few group exercise classes that can spread across a large range of ages and fitness levels. So whether you want to work out with your kids, parents, or friends, you can all participate regardless if you are of equal fitness levels.

 

What great benefits right?! Hopefully soon we will be able to raise enough money to bring a great cycling opportunity to our area. Don’t forget if you are a studio member we are running a 50/50 fundraiser all month! Keep working hard and EARN YOUR BODY.

10 Weight Loss Tips

ImageHere are some great weight loss tips that I came across that could really help you to stay on track or begin a weight loss journey.  Don’t just read these though.  Plan to act!

THE TIPS

#1 Go For A Walk: This doesn’t even have to be a planned form of exercise.  You can add walking to your everyday life by taking the stairs, parking further from a store or work, using a push mower rather than a riding mower, walk to a colleges desk or to the neighbors instead of using the phone or email.

#2 Stop Eating Out As Much: Eating out is convenient and for most can be a great time saver.  The problem with eating out is that you never fully know what all is in what you are eating.  In addition, usually the best deal is the most unhealthy.

#3 Eat Breakfast: By skipping breakfast your opening up your mind and body to over eating and snacking later on in the day.  Pressed for time? Consider a nutrient packed meal replacement such as Shakeology.

#4 Eat Smaller Portions: Americans have portion size completely distorted. For instance a portion of meat is about the size of your fist not a 16 oz steak.  If you do eat out, grab a to go box right away and put half away.

#5 Do Yoga: Yoga is an all around great idea for weight loss. It will decrease your stress level which can lead to over eating when high as well as increase your metabolism.

#6 Spend More Time Outdoors: Indoors always has non-moving activities such as tv, video games, and computers.  Get outside and get moving. Choose a day that you always go out doors rain or shine! Maybe Sundays!

#7 Build Muscle: It is recommended that you do strength training at least 3 days per week.  As you build muscle mass, you will increase your metabolism.  Building muscle is convenient in that it doesn’t require machines.  Great exercises like push ups, squats, and burpees don’t require any equipment.

#8 Weigh Yourself Daily: Obsessing over weight is not healthy. Being conscious of your weight and progress is however.  Don’t just focus on the number but be aware.

#9 Stop Drinking Soda: Soda is loaded with many different unhealthy qualities. By simply taking soda out of your diet you will see results.

#10 Eat Fruit: Fruit has little fat and lots of water! A great combination.  It also doesn’t hurt that it tastes great!

 

As I said earlier, don’t just read these tips.  Maybe print them and start to seriously insert them in your life.  NO EXCUSES.  EARN YOUR BODY.

Do’s and Don’ts of Clean Eating

So you are on a mission to try and change to a healthy eating lifestyle, right? Well if not this is a great article to get you started regardless. I’m sure if you have began your journey you have hit your fair share of struggles wondering what is it exactly that I am supposed to be doing. There are many factors in clean eating such as how much to eat, what to eat, and when to eat it.  Well, I stumbled across a great tool. This display won’t tell you everything that you need to know but it is a great basic tool to utilize.  Take a few minutes and check out these Do’s and Don’ts of Clean Eating.

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Stick to these guidelines and you will be on a great path for clean eating success. NO EXCUSES. EARN YOUR BODY.