Fitness & Exercise

Fitness & Exercise BlogLearn new techniques and tips about fitness and exercise. What you should be doing to help reach your goals.

Running: Friend or Foe
Running: Friend or Foe

So should you be running for your cardio exercise and if so how much, how far and how fast?? Well there really isn’t any RIGHT answer to these questions. The truth is everyone needs to do some sort of cardio training. Running however is probably the one type of training that is hardest on your body. If your form is not good, you can do damage to knees, hips, ankles and even your back. Even if your form is good, you can still cause a lot of pain in these joints. Road running is the hardest on your body. Recurrent pounding on the hard surface takes a huge toll. Also, the slant on the side of the road can cause additional joint pain and potentially lead to sprains and strains.

Exercise: How Much and What Kind?
Exercise: How Much and What Kind?

There is a lot of misinformation out there about exercise. Today I will try dispel a few myths and give you some basic information about exercise. First of all, it depends on what your goal is. You often hear or read in magazines that just 10 minutes of walking here and there throughout the day is sufficient. I am here to tell you that it’s really not. Maybe if you are currently a couch potato who doesn’t take more than a few hundred steps a day. Then that would be an improvement. If you are trying to lose some weight, walking 10 minutes burns about 25 calories, less than the amount in just one teaspoon of your morning cereal. So any time you are moving more than you used to move, it’s an improvement. But if you really want to lose a few pounds and reshape your body, you will need to put forth a lot more effort.

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