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Great News: An hour exercise is unnecessary

Friday, December 27, 2013

The group that exercised for 1/2 an hour lost more weight than the 1 hour exercise group after 3 months. This has a huge implication for me as I used to believe that more is better and I needed to exercise at least an hour to get results.

Arming with this knowledge, I went to the gym today looking to sign up but I wanted a good deal. Months ago when I visited, I was told of a 3 year deal, pay all at once which brought down the monthly cost considerably. Alas, no such luck today, but I gathered that this is the prime season for them as people are going to come in drove to sign up for their New Year resolutions. I will wait 3 months for the New Year resolution crowd to die down and I'll visit them again to see if they have any deals.

Meanwhile, I learned that I don't need their one hour group ex classes. My job is a lot easier knowing that I can get good results with 1/2 hour of exercise. I can start with as little as 5 minutes and build up to 10-20 minutes. That's all I need as I don't sit all day long anyway.

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JAZZID 3/30/2014 9:40PM

    emoticon .. 30 minutes if fine. For weight loss, especially for women, it's important to add strength training at least 3X's per week. And in 30 minutes you can get a lot in. Adding HIIT/Tabata workouts to the mix for 10 - 20 minutes 2 - 3x's a week is all one really needs... high intensity burns more calories overall, than long workouts. The goal is to build muscle, bone & preserve bone density as well as balancing this with some cardio for heart/circulation health. Muscle will burn fat more efficiently. I find that I accomplish more with NSV (non-scale victories) because ST will help with loss in inches rather than pounds... the scale does not have the last word! emoticon

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LIS193 12/29/2013 11:19AM

    Music to my ears!

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BIOTEC 12/29/2013 10:25AM

    If you are exercising mainly to lose weight, or over all better health, 30 minutes or so a day may work if youíre careful about how much you eat. If you donít make an effort to trim calories / carbs or at least hold them steady, you would likely need to exercise much more or more vigorously to lose weight. AKA burn more fuel. = reduce carbs intake to use to loose weight.

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SETTIMIA 12/29/2013 6:04AM

    that is really good news! LOL

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    That's great news.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/28/2013 9:53PM

    Thanks for sharing!! I've seen similar news from Dr Mercola... and others... and I really can see the inflammation when I try to knock myself out with an hours worth of exercise at once. I'm too tired for 3 or 4 days later. Of late, I've found that doing the 10-15 minutes two or three times a day helps WHEN I actually do that (still trying to fight the habit of sitting around too long!).

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1CRAZYDOG 12/28/2013 9:43PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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EXOTEC 12/28/2013 2:11PM

    Good comments.

I've seen recommendations lately from a variety of sources that say cardio and extended, strenuous exercise may actually be detrimental to weight-loss efforts. Exercise tones and strengthens (when done properly), but it has little, if any, effect on weight loss. Fat loss, I should specify. It does change the distribution of weight, but may actually create a greater body weight, since fat weighs less than muscle, and exercise will build muscle.

The suggestions I've found sensible in my "research" (ie, scanning about on the 'net) is that increased activity and movement is beneficial, and strength training is superior to cardio.
So, park farther from the store and walk in.
Take longer walks, or hike irregular terrain.
Do some gardening (all that bending and lifting and up-and-down! not to mention the benefit of beautiful flowers or truly healthy foods you get from those activities).
Climb a tree! LOL
Play frisbee with a dog.
Play in the playground with your (or anybody's!) kids.
Wash your car. Every week! Or the neighbor's car(s)! =D
Motion. Work your body as it was intended to work.
And it's far cheaper and more productive than buying space in a gym, which may or may not help you achieve your goal(s).

How did we ever get to such a point that we have trouble recognizing what's real in food and in lifestyle?
We can fix it. One person at a time.

Health and success to you!

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MEXGAL1 12/28/2013 1:27PM

    Thank you so much for sharing.
Happy New Year

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WOUBBIE 12/28/2013 10:21AM

    Thank goodness! The powers that be, who actually seem powerless in the face of the obesity epidemic, already recommend an hour of daily exercise and have been considering recommending MORE!!! Madness.

Exercise is for fitness, not weight loss.

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PRINCESS_SOFI 12/28/2013 8:43AM

    I don't think exercise is about time. It's about the type of exercise and the intensity.

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CHRISTASP 12/28/2013 7:27AM

There is SO MUCH research out there and so many outcomes contradict one another. That said, consistency of 30 minutes per day must be good no matter what, hm?!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 12/27/2013 11:50PM

  emoticon for the info. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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