The Benefits of Exercise

The earlier in life we start to exercise, the better. Not only does intentional exercise improve strength and endurance, studies have been done on the benefits of exercise improving the following:
* Improve memory
* Speed up our reaction times
* Improve balance
* Increase our flexibility
* Increase bone strength and protect against fractures
* Improve our psychological health
* And improve quality of life overall

Exercise can improve your quality of life in several ways. First of all, through practicing intentional exercise, we are taking control of our own health and future.

Exercise can help us with:
* Lowering stress levels
* Eliminating or lowering depression/post partum depression
* Lowers risk of adult onset diabetes and certain cancers
* Benefits joint lubrication and increases range of motion
* Bone stregnthening and rebuilding
* Strengthening of abdominal muscles for those of us with lower back pain
* A boost for our immune system
* Improved sleep
* Blood pressure control
* Lowering of cholesterol and triglycerides can help prevent artery clogging and damage

Exercise will benefit just about everyone, but the specific exercise program that you begin should be designed for you and based on your current condition and capabilities. Consult your physician or other health professional to select the exercise program that is right for you.

How do I get started & stick with it?

Here are some tips that will help you start and stick with an exercise program:
*Choose something you like to do. Make sure it suits you physically, too. For instance, swimming is easier on arthritic joints.
*Get a partner. Exercising with someone else can make it more fun.
*Vary your routine. You may be less likely to get bored or injured if you change your routine. Walk one day. Bicycle the next. Consider activities like dancing and racquet sports, and even chores like chopping wood.
*Choose a comfortable time of day. Don't work out too soon after eating or when it's too hot or cold outside. Wait until later in the day if you're too stiff in the morning.
*Don't get discouraged. It can take weeks or months before you notice some of the changes from exercise.
*Forget "no pain, no gain." While a little soreness is normal after you first start exercising, pain isn't. Stop if you hurt.
*Make exercise fun. Read, listen to music or watch TV while riding a stationary bicycle, for example. Find fun things to do, like taking a walk through the zoo. Go dancing. Learn how to play tennis.

How hard is it to burn off a pound?

Research has shown that it takes 3500 calories burned to lose 1 pound of fat. Think about that for a minute! That might seem like a lot of work, but when your taking in only the optimal fuel for your body and you are exercising intentioanlly, you can burn about 2 pounds of fat off your over fueled body in a week. So don;t get discouraged, get out there and burn some extra calories off and work towards losing that extra weight.

How to Make Your Body Burn More Calories

You can make weight loss quicker and easier by increasing your metabolic rate and burning more calories – here’s how:

Your metabolic rate is the rate at which the body burns up calories. A body that consumes 2500 calories a day, and burns 2500 calories a day will stay at the same weight. A body consuming 2500 calories daily but burning only 2000 will gain weight at the rate of about 1lb a week. pretty simple math. The key to weight loss is to burn more calories then you cna consume in a day, through intentional exercise and sensible eating.

This explains why that ‘lucky’ person across the table from you doesn’t get fat from all that junk food. they ahve a faster metabolic rate then you do.

But don;t fret, you can do quite a lot to speed up your metabolism – the secret of burning calories lies in knowing what determines your metabolic rate and what you can do to influence it.

You burn calories to provide energy for three main functions:
1) Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
This is the amount of calories you burn just by being alive – even when you are lying down, doing nothing. BMR accounts for approximately 60% of the calories burned for an average person.
2) Burning Calories for Activity
This is the energy used during movement – from lifting your arm to operate the remote control to cleaning the windows. This accounts for approximately 30% of the calories burned by an average person.
3) Dietary Thermogenesis

The ‘thermogenic effect’ described as meal-induced heat production – the calories burned in the process of eating, digesting, absorbing and using food. You can influence all these factors, and speed up your rate of burning calories using some, or all, of the following tactics:
1) Build Muscle-Increase the amount of muscle in your body. For every extra pound of muscle you put on, your body uses around 50 extra calories a day. In a recent study, researchers found that regular weight training boosts basal metabolic rate by about 15%. This is because muscle is ‘metabolically active’ and burns more calories than other body tissue even when you’re not moving.

Training with weights just 3 times a week for around 20 minutes is enough to build muscle. Not only will you be burning more calories, you’ll look better – whatever your weight.


2) Move More-Although the average person burns around 30% of calories through daily activity, many sedentary people only use around 15%. Simply being aware of this fact – and taking every opportunity to move can make quite a dramatic difference to the amount of calories you burn.

3) Eat Spicy Food-There is evidence to show that spices, especially chilli, can raise the metabolic rate by up to 50% for up to 3 hours after you’ve eaten a spicy meal.

4) Aerobic Exercise-As well as the actual amount of calories burned during exercise – studies have shown that sustained, high-intensity exercise makes you burn more calories for several hours afterwards.

Try 30 minute sessions of heart rate raising exercise, such as vigorous walking, step aerobics, jogging or swimming, 3-4 times a week.


5) Eat Little and Often-There is some evidence to suggest that eating small, regular meals will keep your metabolism going faster than larger, less frequent meals. There are two reasons why meal frequency may affect your metabolism. Firstly, levels of thyroid hormones begin to drop within hours of eating a meal, and metabolism slows. Secondly, it may be that the thermogenic effect of eating several small meals is slightly higher than eating the same amount of calories all at once.

Calories burned per exercise per hour

Activity (1 hour) 130lbs 155lbs 190lbs
Aerobics, general
Aerobics, high impact
Aerobics, low impact
Archery (non-hunting)
Automobile repair
Backpacking, general
Badminton, competitive
Badminton, social, general
Basketball, game
Basketball, nongame, general
Basketball, officiating
Basketball, shooting baskets
Basketball, wheelchair
Bicycling, <10mph, leisure
Bicycling, >20mph, racing
Bicycling, 10-11.9mph, light effort
Bicycling, 12-13.9mph, moderate effort
Bicycling, 14-15.9mph, vigorous effort
Bicycling, 16-19mph, very fast, racing
Bicycling, BMX or mountain
Bicycling, stationary, general
Bicycling, stationary, light effort
Bicycling, stationary, moderate effort
Bicycling, stationary, very light effort
Bicycling, stationary, very vigorous effort
Bicycling, stationary, vigorous effort
Billiards
Bowling
Boxing, in ring, general
Boxing, punching bag
Boxing, sparring
Broomball
Calisthenics (pushups, sit-ups), vigorous effort
Calisthenics, home, light/moderate effort
Canoeing, on camping trip
Canoeing, rowing, >6 mph, vigorous effort
Canoeing, rowing, crewing, competition
Canoeing, rowing, light effort
Canoeing, rowing, moderate effort
Carpentry, general
Carrying heavy loads, such as bricks
Child care: sitting/kneeling-dressing, feeding
Child care: standing-dressing, feeding
Circuit training, general
Cleaning, heavy, vigorous effort
Cleaning, house, general
Cleaning, light, moderate effort
Coaching: football, soccer, basketball, etc.
Construction, outside, remodeling
Cooking or food preparation
Cricket (batting, bowling)
Croquet
Curling
Dancing, aerobic, ballet or modern, twist
Dancing, ballroom, fast
Dancing, ballroom, slow
Dancing, general
Darts, wall or lawn
Diving, springboard or platform
Electrical work, plumbing
Farming, baling hay, cleaning barn
Farming, milking by hand
Farming, shoveling grain
Fencing
Fishing from boat, sitting
Fishing from river bank, standing
Fishing in stream, in waders
Fishing, general
Fishing, ice, sitting
Football or baseball, playing catch
Football, competitive
Football, touch, flag, general
Frisbee playing, general
Frisbee, ultimate
Gardening, general
Golf, carrying clubs
Golf, general
Golf, miniature or driving range
Golf, pulling clubs
Golf, using power cart
Gymnastics, general
Hacky sack
Handball, general
Handball, team
Health club exercise, general
Hiking, cross country
Hockey, field
Hockey, ice
Horse grooming
Horse racing, galloping
Horseback riding, general
Horseback riding, trotting
Horseback riding, walking
Hunting, general
Jai alai
Jogging, general
Judo, karate, kick boxing, tae kwan do
Kayaking
Kickball
Lacrosse
Marching band, playing instrument(walking)
Marching, rapidly, military
Moto-cross
Moving furniture, household
Moving household items, boxes, upstairs
Moving household items, carrying boxes
Mowing lawn, general
Mowing lawn, riding mower
Music playing, cello, flute, horn, woodwind
Music playing, drums
Music playing, guitar, classical, folk(sitting)
Music playing, guitar, rock/roll band(standing)
Music playing, piano, organ, violin, trumpet
Paddleboat
Painting, papering, plastering, scraping
Polo
Pushing or pulling stroller with child
Race walking
Racquetball, casual, general
Racquetball, competitive
Raking lawn
Rock climbing, ascending rock
Rock climbing, rapelling
Rope jumping, fast
Rope jumping, moderate, general
Rope jumping, slow
Rowing, stationary, light effort
Rowing, stationary, moderate effort
Rowing, stationary, very vigorous effort
Rowing, stationary, vigorous effort
Rugby
Running, 10 mph (6 min mile)
Running, 10.9 mph (5.5 min mile)
Running, 5 mph (12 min mile)
Running, 5.2 mph (11.5 min mile)
Running, 6 mph (10 min mile)
Running, 6.7 mph (9 min mile)
Running, 7 mph (8.5 min mile)
Running, 7.5mph (8 min mile)
Running, 8 mph (7.5 min mile)
Running, 8.6 mph (7 min mile)
Running, 9 mph (6.5 min mile)
Running, cross country
Running, general
Running, in place
Running, on a track, team practice
Running, stairs, up
Running, training, pushing wheelchair
Running, wheeling, general
Sailing, boat/board, windsurfing, general
Sailing, in competition
Scrubbing floors, on hands and knees
Shoveling snow, by hand
Shuffleboard, lawn bowling
Sitting-playing with child(ren)-light
Skateboarding
Skating, ice, 9 mph or less
Skating, ice, general
Skating, ice, rapidly, > 9 mph
Skating, ice, speed, competitive
Skating, roller
Ski jumping (climb up carrying skis)
Ski machine, general
Skiing, cross-country, >8.0 mph, racing
Skiing, cross-country, moderate effort
Skiing, cross-country, slow or light effort
Skiing, cross-country, uphill, maximum effort
Skiing, cross-country, vigorous effort
Skiing, downhill, light effort
Skiing, downhill, moderate effort
Skiing, downhill, vigorous effort, racing
Skiing, snow, general
Skiing, water
Ski-mobiling, water
Skin diving, scuba diving, general
Sledding, tobogganing, bobsledding, luge
Snorkeling
Snow shoeing
Snowmobiling
Soccer, casual, general
Soccer, competitive
Softball or baseball, fast or slow pitch
Softball, officiating
Squash
Stair-treadmill ergometer, general
Standing-packing/unpacking boxes
Stretching, hatha yoga
Surfing, body or board
Sweeping garage, sidewalk
Swimming laps, freestyle, fast, vigorous effort
Swimming laps, freestyle, light/moderate effort
Swimming, backstroke, general
Swimming, breaststroke, general
Swimming, butterfly, general
Swimming, leisurely, general
Swimming, sidestroke, general
Swimming, sychronized
Swimming, treading water, fast/vigorous
Swimming, treading water, moderate effort
Table tennis, ping pong
Tai chi
Teaching aerobics class
Tennis, doubles
Tennis, general
Tennis, singles
Unicycling
Volleyball, beach
Volleyball, competitive, in gymnasium
Volleyball, noncompetitive; 6-9 member team
Walk/run-playing with child(ren)-moderate
Walk/run-playing with child(ren)-vigorous
Walking, 2.0 mph, slow pace
Walking, 3.0 mph, mod. pace, walking dog
Walking, 3.5 mph, uphill
Walking, 4.0 mph, very brisk pace
Walking, carrying infant or 15-lb load
Walking, grass track
Walking, upstairs
Walking, using crutches
Wallyball, general
Water aerobics, water calisthenics
Water polo
Water volleyball
Weight lifting or body building, vigorous effort
Weight lifting, light or moderate effort
Whitewater rafting, kayaking, or canoeing
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