Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the U.S.A.*
People ask me all the time, “What exercise burns the most calories?” I tell them, “The one you will do.” Then they ask me the same question as if I do not understand their meaning.
No exercise will burn calories if you do not do it. Choose something you enjoy and will continue to do in the long run. Haha, a pun. It does not matter what you do, just so you move around enough to feel like you are increasing your heart rate.
Did you read that correctly? …enough to feel like you are working and increasing your heart rate. Not everyone will need to run and some of you will feel like a stroll is enough of a workout.
Yes, that is true. We call this the RPE or Rate of Perceived Exertion. Trust me, you want to exercise safely, right? Safe means you will be able to go back out again and continue for a lifetime.
How are you all doing with the temptations of trick-or-treat night stash in your homes?
Go ahead and have your treat; just do not make a meal of those treats. Try to fill up on the good food first; then, you will have the proper amount of room left to slowly enjoy the serving size of your choice for dessert.
Allowing yourself a ritual will help to balance your cravings, believe it or not. Just think about it and give it a try.
If that does not work for you, then hide the stash or give it away for the out of sight, out of mind tactic.
The ultimate calorie burner: stair climbing. You’ll burn calories two to three times faster than walking without an incline.
How great is that?
Staircases are available 24/7 to fit into your schedule as you choose. You even have indoor and outdoor options for your stair stepping workout. Haha, another pun; you can take your workout outdoors.
You could even get paid while “exercising.” I know many of you do physical labor and come home too tired to “workout.” Remember, you did some exercise during your work day; so, take a refreshing break before doing your customized exercise program that will balance your body, mind and soul.
It is good to question things and ideas; this is what instills knowledge that we use and share for a lifetime. Hopefully, for a long and prosperous, healthy and enjoyable life.
Yes, that is my wrist pictured wearing an activity tracker. I still prefer to go with the old standby of a wristwatch and listening to my body. If my body keeps on ticking, I expect the same of my self-winding mechanical watch. 🙂
I am not disregarding the “latest greatest thing.” I am saying, to each his/her own.
But, for the right results, you want to use the tracker as another tool, not the only device. Get the best advice from your allied health team where you will find your friendly neighborhood personal trainer to supplement your lifestyle choices that will last a lifetime.