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I have lost 118 pounds and have maintained the weight loss for two years. One of the things I have learned during the weight loss process is that it is much easier to reach and maintain your goal weight if you surround yourself with like-minded individuals to support you in the process (whether they be in person or online).

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rev Up Your Physical Activity: Try Running!

I have been going to the gym 2 ½ - 3 hours (3 to 4 classes one after the other) a day for the last 5 months. I classes I take include Zumba, Total Body Conditioning, Core Conditioning, Boxing, Yoga and Pilates. At this point classes have become easy for me. I also realized using Body Media Fit that I burn fewer calories during these activities then I used to when I started my diet. So, as I became more fit, classes just did not elevate my heart rate as much as they used to although I give 100% during each class. 

I came to the realization it was time to rev up my exercise regimen. I thought about the activities I could get better at and one sport came to mind, running. I HATE running. My heart pumps fast, I get out of breath and I feel light headed. Well, maybe I’m imagining being light headed, but I still HATE RUNNING. 

So, two weeks ago I decided I would start running a few days a week on the treadmill. I go back and forth between running (6.0) and speed walking (4.0) for an hour each session. My regimen is as follows:
  •  My first week I did the following each session: ran 10 min., walked 10 min., ran 9 minutes, walked 10 min., ran 8 min. and then walked 13 min.= 60 min.
  • Last week I revved it up and did the following: ran 13 min., walked 10 min., ran 12 min., walked 10 min., ran 11 min., and then walked 4 min. = 60 min.

I was shocked to see I was burning between 620 and 650 calories each hour doing this regimen the last two weeks. This is 200- 275 calories more an hour than I burn in a high cardio type class like Zumba, boxing or kickboxing! My goal is to run 30 minutes without stopping by May 1st.  Each week I plan on increasing the amount of running within the hour until I reach my short term (2 month) goal.

When I use the treadmill I keep my hands on the pulse monitor periodically throughout the session, specifically 5 minutes after I start walking and after each run spurt. What I learned is that my heart rate stays elevated during the walking even though I stop running. In turn, allowing me to burn more calories than I normally would when walking on the treadmill. 

So, if your exercise routine is getting too easy for you, rev it up! Increase the time, take harder classes or try a sport that really challenges you, like running does for me!

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