Exercise and Calories
Exercising just 10 minutes a day to start will get you in the habit so that it is easier to add a few more minutes each day until you are exercising 30 -60 minutes most days of the week!
Exercise helps us create a calorie balance to help with weight loss or weight maintenance and assists with controlling and preventing many diseases.
There are many factors that control how many calories we burn during exercise, such as current weight, amount of muscle the body has, the intensity of the exercise and more. I have heard my favorite personal trainer and friend say to many clients: be careful of exercise machines that provide how many calories were burned during the exercise and charts that list how many calories you can burn doing an activity in a certain time frame. It will be different for everyone! Most important is to move every day and gradually increase the time and intensity you move on most days of the week. Do not be fooled by the elliptical machine that you have been on for 30 minutes saying you have burned 200 calories and deciding to have a 200 calorie chocolate bar as your reward! Weight loss will not work with that thinking!
One of my favorite 10 minute exercises is to put on some music at home and dance! If you’re not sure how, learn a line dance on YouTube! The Cha Cha Slide, Cupid’s Shuffle, The Wobble Dance and more are all fun or just dance to the YMCA song! Whatever you choose as your 10 minute exercise, make sure you have fun!