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.
#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.