Happy June-Gloom People:
Being true to yourself will help you be true to your trainer.
I hear all the time from friends and clients, “I didn’t go to the gym but, I went on a hike.” Or, “While I was away, I ate more than I should have; but I made up for it by walking all around the city.”
Listen people…activities of daily living (ADLs) are not exercise! While some daily activities may burn more calories than others…like mowing the lawn for thirty minutes versus hanging laundry, none equal the benefits of a structured exercise routing. In fact, they don’t even come close!
If you weigh 200 pounds and walk at a CONSTANT pace of 2.5 MPH, you will burn less than five (5) calories per minute.
At rest, in a 24 hour period, that same body will burn roughly 1700 calories. Do the math! That’s about 1.2 calories per minute.
However, again using our 200 pound client, just 10 minutes of doing Jumping Jacks burns 127 calories. That’s almost 13 calories per minute.
So my friends, if you are not able to go to the gym, don’t try to fool yourself…and you can’t fool your trainer. Walking is walking and going for a hike is just going for a walk in the woods – unless you maintain a pace that keeps your heart rate at about 75% of its maximum and maintain it for at least 30 minutes.
It’s plain and simple…if you want to burn calories, you have to exercise!