Move how you want

I passed  a man last night who was out for a walk. As soon as I saw him, I was reminded of all the articles you see in magazines that talk about people who started walking 5 minutes because that’s all they could do. Eventually, they started walking more and more and more and then it led to…

Since I’m a runner and I’m married to a runner, I usually see these articles and the ending is that the walking led to running and the weight melted off and they made dietary changes that led to more weight loss and then suddenly they were seeing rainbows and unicorns everywhere they went.

O.K. That might be an exaggeration, but you get the idea. I think there are so many running magazines out there that sometimes people think that Running=Weight Loss. While this may be the case for some, maybe you are a person who hates running.

The thing is, you don’t have to be a runner to have successful weight loss. Unfortunately though, there are not magazines (or at least not a lot of mainstream magazines) about other types of cardio work. A lot of what you see is running running running running running. But there is so much more out there.

Maybe you like Zumba. Maybe you like kickboxing. Maybe you like swimming. Maybe you absolutely hate cardio and weights is your thing.

The point is, find something that YOU love. If you try running and hate it, that doesn’t mean your destined to always be overweight. Find another activity that gets you off of the couch and moving. You’re only going to keep at it if it’s something that you like to do!

I found this chart at acefitness.org. Here’s what they have to say…

The numbers on this chart correspond to how many calories individuals of various weights burn per minute during different activities. Simply multiply this number by how many minutes you perform a given activity. For example, a 160-pound man jogging will burn about 12.4 calories per minute, or 372 calories during a 30-minute jog.

Image Courtesy of acefitness.org

You need to find something that works for YOU! How do you choose to spend your workouts? What have you found that works for you?

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  • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

    Great post, Thea. I love seeing how many calories each activity burns per minute. With my BodyMedia armband, I can go back and look at my per minute burn when I workout, and it’s very interesting! It’s also good to note, that when you workout, your calorie burn for the rest of the day will be higher!

  • Iris Wall

    I agree :)