Monday, June 21, 2010

Burn More Fat, While Sitting Still! Really!

What's the catch you ask?  Well, you still have to get moving and exercise, but did you know that the metabolic effects of exercise last long after you cool off?  If you've fallen behind on your New Year's resolution to lose weight and become healthier, it's not too late, even if you had planned on reaping your rewards this summer during "swimsuit season".  In fact, it's always the right time to make better decisions about being healthier.  Below are several points about the benefits of exercise that were well articulated here

Maximize your Metabolism!  After exercise you continue to burn calories at an accelerated rate for up to 24 hours.  It's called the metabolic afterburn effect.

Too bored with a treadmill or elliptical?  Then do dynamic, full body workouts that tone your entire body and core with things like kettle bells, exercise balls, squats, and movements that mimic animals like bear walks and crab walks.

I definitly have a difficult time exercising indoors, so when outside be sure to take these 2 very important points into consideration:

 - Drink plenty of water!  It's necessary for hydration, performance, and to keep fluids moving through your body.

 - Get some sun, but avoid sun burn.  I prefer this approach over sunscreen because of the total body benefits of natural Vitamin D production but the point is not to burn.  Each individual is different but what's called a "minimal erythemal dose" is what you are looking for, which is when the skin just starts to turn pink.  If you peel you have probably over done. 

To see the full text article taken from, Click Here or stop in the office for the paper copy.

-Dr. Darin

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