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What the heck is up with the "Fat Burning Zone"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ok, so I've read a lot about the fat burning zone, and it only makes me more confused. According to the generic charts my "zone" starts at 117 for my age. When my heart rate is at 162, I'm at the top of my 80% cardio zone, so if you average it out my fat burning zone should be 117-140. The problem is when I work out in this zone, I feel like I'm doing nothing. My normal break a sweat zone is minimum 145. I normally find myself working out in the 155-165 range. Today on the elliptical, I purposely went slower and still wound up around 151. So after 45 minutes of that I switched to the treadmill (4% incline, 3.4 speed) and did another 35 minutes. The heart range was around 127-132 depending on how long I held on to the heart rate reader thing. My real question is how am I supposed to burn the fat that's already there if I have to struggle to stay in my "zone"? I'm hoping that if I can mix it up enough that I can break through this plateau that I've been on for the past 2 months!


Learning to run

Monday, March 08, 2010

So I've been exercising for a while at the gym. I've gotten to where I can run for a while on the treadmill but have never ran outside. Well, today was my day! I ran through my neighborhood all 2.3 miles. Granted my time could be a little better, but hey! Gotta start somewhere! My goal is to start running at least every other day building up to a 10k run. Wish me luck!

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EMI412 3/8/2010 7:18PM

    Congratulations! I'm also learning to run - be careful not to do too much too soon! I did that and got really painful shin splints, and had to take time off from running. So work up slowly, and remember to stretch!

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JSFORSELL 3/8/2010 7:02PM

    Don't worry about how fast you are running-I like running outside better than the treadmill is a different feeling and I actually do better outside-good luck!

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TJSWAN3 3/8/2010 6:58PM

    You are wished only the best! Way to go!!

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LESLIEKAY120 3/8/2010 6:47PM

    How exciting! Good luck! emoticon

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SCHMEVELYN 3/8/2010 6:47PM

    Congratulations! I am amazed at anyone who runs, because I can not yet imagine being able to do it.

Keep up the good work!

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LIKEMYCHILI 3/8/2010 6:44PM

    I'm excited for you! That is something I have always talked about doing. I have been practicing with the Wii, but it isn't even close!!! emoticon

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RHCOOKSON 3/8/2010 6:43PM

    Congratulations! That's great!

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MELISSARUSS 3/8/2010 6:42PM

  I'm proud of you. Good job, and welcome to blogging!

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