Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 'Sixercise'

Woooha! Today it was soooo hot! A gorgeous blue sky, a hint of a breeze and wow, the sun put on quite a show :) I am so grateful for living in such an amazing country and being able to experience such beautiful weather!

In yesterdays blog, I claimed that today would be Day 'Sixercise', the day that I start to incorporate exercise into my Earth Diet Lifestyle :)
About a week ago I bought a new pair of runners to help get me motivated. They look like space shoes and are called Tonewalkers :)
They claim to tone your thighs, calves and your bum, to stimulate muscle activity and improve focus on your posture. I am very intrigued to keep a photo log of my process and reveal the results in a later blog :)
Stay tuned!
So today is Day One of my exercise adventure, although the word 'exercise' doesn't really motivate me...therefore, I have instead decided to change the word to 'SEXYCISE' Wooooha! That's more like it!
The exercises that I would like to incorporate into my lifestyle are running, pilates, yoga, cycling and a bit of swimming here and there. As I look into each one, I will blog about every little detail from benefits, health concerns, styles, origins etc.
I decided to ease into things today, so I started with a half hour walk. I know it's nothing extreme, but it seemed like a mission on this humid 35 degree day haha.

Exercise One: WALKING

The origin of aerobic exercise:
Both the term and the specific exercise method were developed by Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., an exercise physiologist, and Col. Pauline Potts, a physical therapist, both in the United States Air Force. Dr. Cooper, an avowed exercise enthusiast, was personally and professionally puzzled about why some people with excellent muscular strength were still prone to poor performance at tasks such as long-distance running, swimming, and bicycling. He began measuring systematic human performance using a bicycle ergometer, and began measuring sustained performance in terms of a person's ability to use oxygen. His groundbreaking book, Aerobics, was published in 1968, and included scientific exercise programs using running, walking, swimming and bicycling. The book came at a fortuitous historical moment, when increasing weakness and inactivity in the general population was causing a perceived need for increased exercise.

Health Benefits of walking:
Walkers have less incidence of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other killer diseases. They live longer and get mental health and spiritual benefits. Find out about the many health benefits of walking.
Basic changes in diet and exercise can lead to a dramatic drop in a person's risk for chronic illnesses in as little as six weeks. Although the notion that proper nutrition and exercise is good for you is not revolutionary, it’s important that people know that major health benefits can come quickly.

Burn Babay Burn!
Let's talk about burning fat vs. burning carbohydrates. Many people are confused about this and are making some erroneous exercise choices based on their goals (weight loss, building muscle, etc.).
When you burn fat, your body reacts to the sudden loss of fat by replenishing the fat that has been lost, so that you still have those reserves to pull from. You are training your body to replace the fat that you are burning.
When you burn carbohydrates, the body first burns the carbohydrates stored in muscle tissue before it starts burning fat. Therefore, your body doesn't tell itself to replenish the fat, but to replenish the carbs.
What does this mean?
Walking - a low-intensity workout - will allow your body to burn carbohydrates first, and then fat. If you are looking to lose weight and build muscle, walking is a much better option that jogging or aerobic activity.
30 Minutes of Walking a Day Adds 1.3 Healthy Years :)

So there we are...combine a healthy diet plus half an hour of walking a day and you will live to be 101.3 years old as opposed to just 100 haha. I'm in!!!

This is how foods naturally provided me with a delicious day:

BREAKFAST: Warm Lemon Water, Half an Avocado and Dates

LUNCH: A Ginger Tea and a Banana Smoothie

SNACK: A Chickpea Maehem Salad

DINNER: Mixed Nuts and Blueberries

DESSERT: An Orange :)

So, to everyone reading this blog...if I can do it, trust me, I'm sure you can too :)
Strap on those sexy runners, make sure you've got some sun protection, and get up off of that thing, and walk it you'll feel better :)

Keep hydrated, ease into things, be grateful for a healthy body and Love.
Love Love Love

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