“No, You are not Burning the Calories You Think You are at the Gym”

says today’s article in the New York Times. I have been thinking this for the last 8 years, since I began weight training following the birth of my 3rd daughter and over time, dropped two sizes. (Of course this could also be because of the change in sizing that has been going on in the last 5 years ; okay, let me dream on!  ) People think I don’t eat, and those closest to me, know well that is not true.

But I have to say, that what they said in the Times today, is true. I see people time and again, sweating and working so hard at the cardio machines, particularly women, and their bodies don’t change.For us women, this much is true. Muscle mass counts. You want to raise your resting metabolic rate, even if you fear that your metabolism is that of a turtle. Women lose muscle mass, particularly in the upper bodies, during their twenties. This is why, when you hit 30, you often find that the same food doesn’t budge like it used to, or you barely eat and still gain weight. This is the key and it doesn’t have to change your life:

Throw in 1 – 2 sets of ten pushups a morning, evening, whatever way you can fit it into your schedule. Work up to 3 sets of ten in time. Do this 3 – 4 times a week and remain consistent. Spend any other time you do at the gym, if you do go to the gym, more on weight training, less on cardio. Walk, dance, skip around with your kids. Get your cardio in fun ways. Stick with it and see what happens; if nothing else, you will gain more metabolism; can’t hurt, right?

One Response to ““No, You are not Burning the Calories You Think You are at the Gym””

  1. HimuraShinta on 09 Apr 2008 at 6:59 am

    Sounds attractive. I’m totally agree with you.

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