Along the lines of my recent proclamation that I want to be an ‘active’ person, several internet articles/videos, etc. have caught my eye. These are all pretty popular sites, so forgive me if you have already seen them.
This first video is LONG, but it is very cleverly done, and the information from a medical doctor was really interesting to me. The basic assertion is that 1/2 hour of exercise a day can make a BIG difference in your life.
The next article is actually the blog entry from a writer for the NY Times. I came across it by way of PJ’s blog. I am surprised I haven’t heard more reference to it. Maybe because I don’t read that many blogs any more? Anyway, The Fat Trap is a pretty interesting article about the difficulties of losing weight and keeping it off. There are over 800 comments on this blog, so it caught someone’s attention! She references Lynn Heraldson, the first blogger I ever read, and a successful maintainer. She also references the National Weight Control Registry. So Debra SSY’s defunct blog (her name, not mine) got a bit of action from it. Debra had her blog up for a year, and spent a lot of time researching the science behind weight loss maintenance, and challenging the powers that be to do more work in this area. Her blog is a very good reference tool for anyone serious about maintaining their weight loss. Okay, this doesn’t have that much to do with exercise, except that it mentions the NWCR. And their data says that most people who maintain a large (more than 30 pound) weight loss for a long period of time exercise on an average of 1 hour a day.
So when Miz posted her excellent blog on ‘being soft of core,’ (exercising consistently for shorter periods of time,) I asked her what she thought about those stats. And she had such a good answer, (which I almost missed because I forgot to go back and see if she answered,) that I thought the conversation was worth repeating here:
I do love your concept of being ‘soft of core.’ I have taken that to heart, and now feel okay when I am done with my weights session at the gym after 20 minutes. Just this week, I have shortened the doggie walks and added in some stretches and core exercises (haha, that’s what I thought your blog topic was this morning) which makes me very happy.
Keeping my exercise plan something that I can continue for life is so very important to me. One thing I do think about, though, is the stat that most previously overweight people who have successfully maintained that loss long term exercise one hour a day. Do you have any thoughts on that?
And Miz replied:
well I do and I don’t. I know it’s all backed up by science so I agree BUT I also have seen so many friends who have regained their weight because an hr a day felt overwhelming so they STOPPED WORKING OUT COMPLETELY.
I wonder what would have happened had they found something they’d actually do timewise (30? 40?)?
Would they have regained some?
I’m not sure….
I guess I’m taking the middle ground on this one. Most days I do exercise more than 20 or 30 minutes. Probably not quite an hour. And if a day comes along when I feel too tired to move, I’ll be satisfied with the 20 minute stroll with the doggies before it gets dark.
Last link. And again, not much to do with exercise. But worth mentioning again. I just re-subscribed to the Nutrition Action Healthletter. They do their best to present the latest scientific research on nutrition and health. After all, the newsletter is published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and their byline is “Transforming the American Diet.” I can say that they were definitely a big part in transforming this American woman’s diet!
And with that, I am off to walk the doggies and head to the gym for a session with the exercise bike!