Hill repeats: 30-minute incline treadmill workout

 

Disclaimer: The information below is for informational/educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional help. Before beginning a new exercise regimen or making any other changes in your lifestyle, always consult with your physician and/or a certified coach.

 

It’s been a while since I last shared my workouts, so here goes.

06177a53c50379c6dc0b3b0f24c7f487The day of the week when I give it my all in terms of fitness is mostly on Saturdays. That has been the pattern since I was still living in Frisco – my long runs (6-mile [9.7km] or more) mostly fall on Saturdays, and in terms of fitness, that hasn’t changed today, except for certain technicalities.

These days, my protocol actually consists of minimizing my weekly mileage while still maintaining the strength and stamina for long-distance runs. Why? Because I’ve learned to better prepare my runs and eliminate junk miles, and pardon my jargons from hereon.

In addition to getting more intentional with my runningthere is such a thing as too much of a good thing (ergo the importance of cross-training, i.e. doing other sports that are not running aren’t your primary sport), particularly when your run feels forced. In spite of all this, running has been my main mode of meditation for the last 6 years, and still, nothing else in the world feels better than to just sprint your way through the anxieties in your head and release all the stress you’ve built up throughout the week. Do that in a secluded area with fresh air, greens, and breeze – tension is gone.

 

 
 

More power, less effort

This morning, I just want to share this effective hill workout that will surely jazz you up by the end it (get your hill workout 101 here and here). It’s a straightforward way to simulate the perfect terrain indoors with the singular goal of improving your lung capacity.

Also, running uphill is actually easier for your joints, and for someone bruising easily around the knee area, it’s an ideal way to build strength without squeezing in too many sprints. I’ve been doing a lot of hill variations for the past few weeks, and they vary depending on my mood. They don’t necessarily make you become faster, but what you’ll get out of it is ultimately rewarding: You’ll breathe easier. This makes you run on a steadier cadence, and with that, you’ll be much more efficient with your energy on level grounds.

 

Should I try it?

Before I move on to the workout, I want to give a heads up again that this is just my personal routine. In general, it’s unsafe to do any hill workout before you’ve got a good base of long runs before you (and no, the ones where you stop doesn’t count). I shared this 40-minute workout that includes slight elevation a while ago that you can also refer to, but for the most part, please consult with your healthcare provider before attempting to do this.

Alrightey then, let’s get on with it. If you put your mind into it and give it time, and you can certainly do this.

 

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You up for the challenge? Do come back and let me know how those big, sexy lungs are working out for you.

 
 

P.S. Yoga and Pilates are fantastic ways to practice breathing on days you’re not running. I’m not particularly disciplined on stretching *guilty*, but here’s 3 everyday ways to amp up your lung power. Have a great one ;)

 
 
 
 
 


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12 do-anywhere moves to tone up all over

 

Disclaimer: The information below is for informational/educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional help. Before beginning a new exercise regimen or making any other changes in your lifestyle, always consult with your physician and/or a certified coach.

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Most of us are now spending more hours than ever during the day driving in a car and/or sitting on a chair (I’m guilty too). In case you’re not informed, it’s a silent killer. Putting sad salads and gym memberships aside, you can get fit and take charge of your health by making one simple change: Give yourself half-hour or hourly breaks from your desk to go do these simple exercise moves.

For me, I’m a big believer of the growth mindset. By the same token, if you train your mind to treat physical activity as a stress release (rather than a source of stress), you’ll do yourself a huge favor by moving more throughout the day and stressing less by the end of the day. By now you probably know how easily stressed out I am already. A toned physique is just the bonus.

These are just some of my favorite just-do-it, no-equipment moves that keeps me on my toes and lifts my mood up, along with expert video demonstrations on how to do each of them properly:

 
 

1. Squat jumps


 

2. Jumping jacks


 

3. Crossover jumping jacks


 

4. Lunge jumps/Split hops


 

5. Burpees


 

6. Pushups


 

7. Bridges


 

8. Mountain climbers


 

9. Butt kicks


 

10. Reverse lunges + knee drives


 

11. Kneeling rear leg raises


 

12. Plank


 
 
 

Which exercise(s) are you going to try today?

 
 

P.S. Remember to keep breathing all day. Whether you’re in the blissful state of nirvana or merely surviving in one of those hectic days at work, remember that your breath is just about the only thing you do have control over.

 
 
 
 
 


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Build your base: Nice, long, steady treadmill workout with fast finish

 

Disclaimer: The information below is for informational/educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional help. Before beginning a new exercise regimen or making any other changes in your lifestyle, always consult with your physician and/or a certified coach.

 

HIIT is all the craze these days. The ACSM1 was right: You see Paleo devotees running around, sporting their sturdy physiques from all that sweat sesh from CrossFit and P90X.

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Truth is, HIIT is nothing new. Experts have been advocating these time-saving workouts that anyone can squeeze in daily in their busy schedules.

While I have nothing against them (I do love a good quick-and-intense burn on most days), I still believe in building a solid foundation of long slow distance before getting myself to that fitness level.

As time goes by, I personally think it’s more important to minimize the chances of getting yourself injured than to get fitter and stronger. I may very well be a timid tortoise, but naturally, the hare that runs around with tremendous energy all day gets higher chances of losing balance, falling down, and breaking a leg.

Trust me, I’ve been there. Instead of reaping HIIT’s benefits, doing it more actually prevents me from building my pace in the long run (poor posture, blisters and bruises, IT band syndrome, anyone?). Matthew Basso, president of Iron Lotus Personal Training, breaks HIIT all down according to your personal goals: If you want to lose weight, build muscles, and gain strength, doing HIIT 1-4 a week is great. If you want to build endurance, it probably won’t help much.

So what exactly is HIIT?

Wikipedia defines high-intensity interval training as “an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–30 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning.”

As much as I love intense exercises, I have a long-term soft spot for long slow distance. I think best during and after logging those miles; something about being still and breathing deep provides the clarity I need with all the stormy waters in my head2.

In that sense, these days I’m treating HIIT as a supplement to my miles instead of doing full-circuits of it (although I still do them whenever I feel sluggish), because squat jumps and burpees do get your heart rate up pretty quickly, which comes in handy when your mind tells you to quit the last mile toward the finishing line.

With that in mind, I want to share the standard long and steady workout (with a final sprint!) I do whenever I’m hopping on the treadmill:

 

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I included hill repeats because they build up your endurance over time. Plus, running on incline is easier on the joints (even though you’ll end up huffing and puffing more). Please feel free to adjust speeds according to your running level.


 

It’s more about conserving energy and holding yourself back in the first 30 minutes of getting your heart rate up, saving it all for the end, whereas HIIT is about spending it all right now.

I know the steady state can be boring for many, and not everyone has the luxury to spend as much time if their fitness goals are purely aesthetic. But for me, just the motivation you get to beat your last PR is enough to keep me moving on the ‘mill. Plus, it’s more of a mental work than you think.

Nonetheless, I guarantee you’ll come out stronger – in fitness and in life – by the end of this workout. I recommend bringing some good music to get you longer in the zone.

 
 
 
 
 


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  1. American College of Sports and Medicine []
  2. Hence the blog is called Stillwater, right? []

Get in, get out: My go-to 25-minute elliptical workout

 

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Confession1: I’m a cardio queen. After years of experimenting, I found no other form of cardiovascular exercise I enjoy more than running.2

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But several months ago, I was hit by a really bad IT band syndrome on my left leg. Even walking became difficult. The pain creeped up really slowly during the weeks before, and I just thought it’s one of those sores that’ll go away as long as I keep moving those muscles. But the pain only got worse.

It forced me to stop playing during one of my weekly tennis rallies – I couldn’t run after the balls as fast as I could, much less control my shots as accurately as I’ve done before. And then there’s the crazy painful sports massage. The following weeks after left me completely restrained from hitting the treadmill whenever I’m at the gym. Either I skip cardio entirely or choose to work with some other cardio equipment until I fully recover.

This leads me to reunite with my longtime pal, the elliptical trainer, and it’s something I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with.

It doesn’t help that out of the four basic components of physical fitness, i.e. speed, strength, flexibility, and stamina, I value stamina the most. Too often, the longer I stay during an elliptical workout, the more I find myself ended up compromising myself and go easy.

It just doesn’t take as much mental effort to last through an elliptical workout as on the treadmill, and there’s always the voices in my head that will come while the clock is ticking (“I’ve got resistance to keep up with the intensity”, “I can lay low for a bit with my balance”, “No need to go long when I’m already this fast”).

It’s very different from running, at least for me, where your balance, posture, and movements are entirely arbitrary.

But here’s the good news: This machine is much easier on your joints, as you’re not stressing them a lot like when you’re pounding the pavements. When used correctly, the elliptical shouldn’t cause knee pain. As it turns out, those precise reasons I don’t find the it as challenging have become the reasons that allowed me the time to heal while still keeping myself active. So I figured it can also benefit anyone who’s recovering from a running injury, but still wants a gripping workout to keep those cardiac muscles strong.

That said, I want to share this particular workout today. It’s the minimum standard whenever I’m running short on time:

 

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Depending on your current fitness level, the goal of the resistance is to maximize your use of perceived exertion. Also note that there isn’t any particular speed requirement: As long as your heart stays within the 150-200bpm range, you know you’re getting an effective aerobic workout.3


 

So the next time you rationalize yourself out of cardio with the after-burn effect, or simply decide to forgo the gym, think about this: The time you need for this workout is equals to the time you use watching a sitcom episode (or about seven cat videos on YouTube). Choose one that your future self will thank you for.

 
 
 
 
 


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  1. and this may not come as a surprise []
  2. Although swimming comes to a close. []
  3. Speaking of which, please check your target heart rates here, as reported by the American Heart Association. []

50 ways to tell you’re a runner

 

Thank God for Internet. I stumbled upon this video a while ago, finding myself saying yeap, yeap, yeap and more yeaps as I watch the vid went on. Though some are just exaggerations of the nature, I bet you can call yourself a runner if you agree with more than 20 of these items:

 

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1. You have chafing in strange, unimaginable places
2. All of your socks are either stained or torn
3. You use the phrase “10 mile” and “easy run” in the same breath
4. You can eat your weight in pasta
5. You spend more money on training clothes than school clothes
6. Your Saturday mornings for the rest of your life are RUINED
7. You often foam at the mouth
8. (If you’re a guy) You try to impress girls by saying you’re a faster finisher
9. You consider school/work a break between runs
10. You own spandex in more than one color
 
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Running Body: 12 days to get fit

 

Whether you run or bike or swim, I found this TribeSports challenge to be a great strength-training circuit to pair with your normal training session.

They’re basically an all-rounder circuit that gets your whole body working, as opposed to machines in the gym that targets isolated muscle groups (and that’s why I love doing these exercises individually). I’ve opted to do it all at one go instead of spreading it over a 12-day routine. Up till I get to the push ups, I couldn’t maintain good form any longer and decided it’s better for me right now to take it one day at a time :S

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Here’s the breakdown of the blood-pumping circuit:

 

Day 1
1 minute plank

Day 2
2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 3
3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 4
4 full burps
+ 3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 5
5 star jumps
+ 4 full burpees
+ 3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 6
6 push ups + 5 star jumps
+ 4 full burpees
+ 3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 7
7 mountain climbers
+ 6 push ups
+ 5 star jumps
+ 4 full burpees
+ 3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 8
8 squats-a-squatting
+ 7 mountain climbers
+ 6 push ups
+ 5 star jumps
+ 4 full burpees
+ 3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 9
9 lads chair dipping
+ 8 squats-a-squatting
+ 7 mountain climbers
+ 6 push ups
+ 5 star jumps
+ 4 full burpees
+ 3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 10
10 lords tuck-jumping
+ 9 lads chair dipping
+ 8 squats-a-squatting
+ 7 mountain climbers
+ 6 push ups
+ 5 star jumps
+ 4 full burpees
+ 3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 11
11 ladies lunging
+ 10 lords tuck-jumping
+ 9 chair dipping
+ 8 squats-a-squatting
+ 7 mountain climbers
+ 6 push ups
+ 5 star jumps
+ 4 full burpees
+ 3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

Day 12
12 crunches crunching
+ 11 ladies lunging
+ 10 lords tuck-jumping
+ 9 chair dipping
+ 8 squats-a-squatting
+ 7 mountain climbers
+ 6 push ups
+ 5 star jumps
+ 4 full burpees
+ 3 minute bridge
+ 2 minute wall squat
+ 1 minute plank

 
 

You’ll look smokin’ by NYE if you do this for the next 12 days. So … you up for the challenge?

 
 
 
 
 


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Fitness Journal: Long note, short run

1.25 mi run in 14:12 min (pace: 11’20” / mi)

Music: International Departures with Myon & Shane 54 Episode 135


8 sets of 20-rep squats
 throughout the day, alternating between normal squats and sumo squats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in case you have no idea how to perform a sumo squat, take a look at this video. I have been one of those who perform workouts without proper form, and you don’t want that, trust me. Don’t focus on whether you’re going to make it through all the sets; focus on your form and take it slow… you’ll be fine.

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Notes:

Okay, okay, I lied. To you and to myself. I know I said I don’t want to know how far and how fast I go, but I did use a Nike+ monitor in my left shoe. I don’t want to know but I wanna know, get it? I don’t.

As long as during the run, I was enjoying the moment, not stressed out looking back and forth at my iPod nano.

First run at the Embarcadero again. Brings back lots of memories… private memories, just my body moving with trance music when it’s still dawn.

When I was at the Pier this morning, I almost don’t believe why I stopped running completely. The atmosphere is so calming – it’s not very sunny, a bit windy and very chilly, there’s not many tourists in the morning (less crowded) and all you see are fellow joggers/runners running past me. I am happy to exchange smiles with some who are quite panting but still managed to give a genuine smile and keep their heads up. I smile back in return, not knowing who these strangers are, except that they’re the ones who give a s**t to wake up every morning and take time to reflect upon their lives, running away from the hustle and bustle, put the messy pieces together with each stride, and come back to reality in a much relaxed state.

I was one of those fast runners who don’t give a s**t about even looking at other fellow runners’ faces, other than getting to my destination as fast as I can. That’s bad, really bad. Look what happened! (1. disappearance of menstrual cycle; 2. depression; 3. never-ending diets that load me weight I’ve lost; 4. impatience; short-circuit; 5. extra-low self-esteem). Let’s skip the crap and fast-forward: I’m a traditionalist and a big believer of long, slow, steady progress now. God tests your faith.

I learned the hard way that security, taking good care of things before they become a problem, is better than solving problems in the first place. Which comes back to the main motivation of running: If you focus on maintaining your health above everything else, which is an intrinsic motivation, you’ll take care of yourself better and increase that feeling of self-worth.

I have not reach the runner’s high yet (it’s a short run, plus I’m not fit enough at my current state), but I have no doubts that I can reach that point again some time in the not-so-distant future.

Anyway, I’ve learned some things that doesn’t work for me over the years I run, and today I don’t follow these lessons. I don’t feel qualified giving advice for anybody. These are just things I want to keep in mind, so that I won’t hurt myself in the future, especially now that I’ve got someone who loves and cares for me very much. So these are my personal reminders:

1.Don’t wear baggy clothing. You’ll have a hard time trying not to be sloppy. Keep it light and keep it tight. Your clothes must fit your frame.


2. Respect the distance – no matter how short or long it is. 
Like I said, I used to be the one who don’t bother. It’s just a very difficult attitude in running, and in life, when you hold up too much pride in yourself, and that you self-sabotage yourself to work up to your ideals and don’t admit where you are right now. I obviously can’t run a full 60-minute workout at my current fitness level. I’m not the person living in the body I used to be. I can be in that body again, which can be mine for as long as I want but it can only be lived in the right attitude, a great respect for your body and every body else. Okay, I’m just going to quote Amby Burfoot here from his book, The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life:

You can’t go far in running without respect. First, you have to respect the distance. which is often said about marathons but applies equally to all distance running. If you don’t understand the many ways running can challenge your body and mind, it can overwhelm you.
Second, there’s the mutual respect all runners feel for each other. It doesn’t matter what your 10k time is or how fast I’ve run the marathon. The experience is what matters, and the experience is basically the same for all of us. An exercise physiologist can essentially “prove” that a 4-hour marathoner “works harder” than a 2-hour marathoner, even though it seems ludicrous to say this about the slower runner. But when different runners begin talking about a marathon, or any other running, they realize they’ve been through essentially the same thing. A true runner understands this.

3. Keep your head up.
 Stand tall. Look ahead. BE CONFIDENT, simple and sweet as that. Why do I want to go for a run this morning at that long stretch of piers I once used to know so well? I don’t know, and I don’t know if I’m going to make it long enough, considering my fitness level today compared to before. It’s because now I bother. I now care. I now have someone that I care. I care about myself in return. If somebody asks me why do I run? I’ll answer:

BECAUSE I CAN.

Quoting Christian Grey there. And just to add to the note… My boyfriend read to me a line that resonates a lot of truth to him (and to me) too while we’re on the phone:

Anastasia, I’m delighted that you’ve met my parents. Why are you so filled with self-doubt? It never ceases to amaze me. You’re such a strong, self-contained young woman, but you have such negative thoughts about yourself. If I hadn’t wanted you to meet them, you wouldn’t be here. Is that how you were feeling the whole time you were there? (Fifty Shades of Grey)


Urgh.
I don’t know. I just assume all women have a lower confidence level than men in general. But now I think it’s just me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muchaluva,
Stace

5 Must-do moves

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There are just some days when you have no time to hit the gym. That doesn’t mean you won’t have the opportunity to sweat, even if it’s just a little. In fact, short, high-impact workouts are proven more effective for boosting your metabolism than long, low-impact ones.

I found that doing circuits of these moves, which works your essential muscle groups, energizes me from head to toe.

Pushup

Picture from Wikipedia

 

Do an 8 to 12-rep pushup, then build up to 4 reps total. That’s enough to wake your arms, abs, butt and thighs up.

Crunch

Work your core for 20 reps. Do around 4 to 6 reps, and you’ll feel the burn.

 

Plank

A plank is essentially a static pushup, focusing on strengthening your core. Hold your abs still for 1 minute. If you’re can’t hold that long, 30 seconds is good to go. Do this 3 times a day for great blood circulation.

 

Lunges

Do 15 reps, then 4 sets until you feel the burn in the inner thighs.

 

Squats

Same as your lunges. Squeeze as low as possible until you feel the burn in your butt. Personally, though, I need to do 20 reps and 8 sets to feel the burn, because my schoolwork requires me to sit around way too much.

*Burpee (or squat thrusts)

If you still feel like panting some more (loving that endorphins, doncha?) a burpee is a great workout to get your heart pumping at its best. Here is a great video by diet.com to illustrate how to do burpees properly:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIQx1FiQt50]

Feelin’ better now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muchaluva,
Stace

WALK 60 minutes.

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September 2011

 

 

Stacia’s personal challenge of the week is walking 60 minutes a day to improve her aerobic strength, energy capacity, and endurance. To see her upcoming challenges, check out her challenge of the week page under the Agenda tab.

 

Well, this is not really a big challenge for me, because I do walk a lot in general. I get to places usually by walking, just out of habit. However, when given the choice of taking the bus, or the school shuttle, or any form of transportation to get around faster, I always opt for the that instead of walking. Because simply I am one of those time-bound person who follows her schedule of the day, personal or business-wise.

So this week, I’ve been walking so much – even if it only takes 20 minutes to reach a place, I’ve walked an additional 10 minutes without the public transportation. i can’t give you numbers of my heart rate and all that, but I can well be sure that my posture has improved, my back is straighter, and I seem to walk faster. I also held my head higher just because i’m out in the sun more.

It seems easier to breathe out and speak in a clear voice whenever I’m talking with people, well, I don’t know whether walking has that kind of effect, but I guess it’s all just about the straight posture, not to mention stronger legs too, especially from all that squats I did last week.

However, I’m not confident as yet to face myself on the weight scale, even though I know I have lost a little bit of weight. I haven’t been on the scale for about 3 months now, during which my jeans has expanded and contracted. But right now, I can feel my watch and my jeans getting so loose right now, they keep sliding.

Why Walk?

Nagoya City University researchers in Japan believe that the protective effect of physical exercise could decrease the chances of developing breast cancer by 55%. The study, published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, involves the researchers following 30,000 women from ages 40 to 69 and their lifestyle habits over a 12-year period.

“We recommend walking for one hour a day, along with additional weekly exercise, to protect against breast cancer, regardless of menopausal status or body mass index,” the researchers wrote.

When you continue this daily habit in the long run, you’re better off with more dramatic benefits for your heart health. “If you exercise more, your vessels dilate more. The more a vessel dilates, the healthier the vessel,” said Michael McConnell, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University in California.

Vasodilation is defined as the ability of the heart and its working arteries to expand and contract. When these arteries get more elastic (through exercise), where Stanford researchers found that subjects have increased their vasodilation by 50% just by walking an hour a day, they’ve walked away with a stronger cardiovascular system and therefore less chances of getting heart attacks.

To begin with, researchers studied healthy subjects, 212 men and women between ages 60 to 72, who have no history of heart disease of any kind. This study, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging, found that those with moderate-activity levels, such as walking for an hour a day, had their coronary arteries dilated 50% more than those who did lower-activity levels. McConnell also stated that those who included higher-activity levels at least once a week (think tennis, swimming) dilated their arteries twice as much, implying that exercise is directly impacting the performance of the heart.

Recent studies like these have proven physical exercise and its benefits for the elderly. But another study on middle-aged women, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, showed that there are little to no weight loss results many women today want to achieve. In fact, they gained weight over time, suggesting that weight gain is inevitable as women age.

Researchers from Harvard’s Brigham and Women Hospital studied 34,079 non-dieting middle-aged women, following their exercise habits for 13 years, and the participants gained an average weight of around 6 pounds during the study.

Only 13% of women with heathy weight to begin with, a body mass index less than 25, gained little or no weight during the study. They are the ones who get moderate-activity exercise for about an hour daily. Other women who began already overweight eventually get that amount of exercise, but results suggested that that wasn’t enough to achieve weight loss.

“There’s no sugarcoating about it,” said Dr. I-Min Lee, the lead author of the study. “You can eat a candy bar in two minutes. Most are at least 200 calories,” working those off would require walking for about an hour.

Nevertheless, it does not mean you have to give up exercise once and for all.

Even if your ultimate goal is to lose weight, you can still achieve other numerous benefits out of exercise that you cannot see from the mirror. Bigger heart, stronger vessels, and robust blood circulation are the things that make the process of aging slower. And that can be done by simply walking an hour a day.

Not only does it boosts your heart health, but if you practice doing it, lady, the more you increase your sex appeal too.

How a woman walks tells more than she may think. The more flexible those hips sway, the more she has the ability to reach vaginal orgasm. “This could reflect the free, unblocked energetic flow from the legs through the pelvis for the spine,” cites the study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Two trained sexologists observed walks of women in the study and were 82% accurate in picking out women with greater vaginal orgasm potential.

“It is that the vaginally orgasmic women do not have blocked pelvis muscles. As a result, the walk is natural, with the natural unobstructed connection between leg, pelvis, and spine movement,” says researcher Stuart Brody, a psychology professor at the University of West Scotland.

“It might be that the women have the capacity for vaginal orgasm, but have not yet had sufficient experience or met a man of sufficient quality to induce vaginal orgasm,” the authors wrote.

It’s either that, or you have been in fulfilling relationships, physically and emotionally, in your love history. “Such a confidence might also be related to the relationship(s) that a woman has had, given the finding that specifically penile-vaginal orgasm is associated with indices of better relationship quality,” states the authors.

The simplest way to change right now is improving your posture. One can determine how you treat yourself and others just by watching how you stand. So if you did your squats and you keep walking straight, you might just be exuding how sexy you are.

So walk on.

 

 

References:

 

Adams, Stephen. “Walking an hour a day boosts heart health“. The Telegraph, 14 Jun, 2011. Web.

Alexander, Brian. “Your Walk May Reveal More Than You Think“. MSNBC, 15 Sep, 2008. Web.

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Stace