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Fitness Tip#342 - March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


As you probably know, metabolism stays elevated for a significant
amount of time after exercise. Unfortunately though, by the time we
actually get around to exercising again, our metabolism can be back
to a slower pace and getting “back into the groove” for the next day’s
bike ride, run or aerobic session can be difficult. Wheezing, gasping
for breath, coughing, stumbling, feeling sleepy, lethargic or fatigued
are sometimes associated with starting back into exercise after that
24 hour hiatus. This is because our body must be warm, our lungs
must be stretched, and our blood must be actively flowing before our
body begins efficiently utilizing oxygen. For most individuals, it takes
about two minutes for this process to begin to occur, after which you
actually start feeling good. Rather than struggling through these first
two minutes at a snail’s pace, your post-exercise metabolic rate will
be higher if you simply jump into the cardio at a moderate pace and
hang on for the first 120 seconds. In addition, you’ll not only warm-up
faster but the rest of your exercise routine will burn more calories.
Just keep telling yourself, “I just need to get through these first two

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    Are you saying a runner should start running at a moderate pace rather than warming up with walking?
    1855 days ago
    I do P90X mostly and I have tried Insanity several times. I like the warm up for P90X a lot better than Insanity. Insanity seems to jump into it right away instead of warming up gradually. Both programs are good, this is just something I noticed for me. I need to warm up before an Insanity warm up. emoticon
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