If I’m On My Feet All Day, That’s A Cardio Workout, Right?

I’m on my feet all of my 8 hour shift, and my legs were feeling it the first week of my new job.  So I thought that because I was on my feet and walking all day that that was enough of a workout.  Then I picked up the Women’s Health Training Guide and this question was in it:

Q: I’m on my feet all day.  Do I really need to hit the gym, too?

A: If you’re walking from 9 to 5 and the numbers on the scale are stagnant or heading in the wrong direction, then yes, a more intense workout may be in order.  Even walking nonstop, you wouldn’t burn much more than 500 calories in a typical workday.  Aim for 20 to 30 minutes of strength training followed by 20 minutes of intense cardio, such as intervals, three times a week.  You’ll get a metabolism boost and burn extra calories.

Here is the Women’s Health guide I picked up at the local bookstore/grocery store.

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High Fiber, Longer Life

Proof that you should eat your Wheaties, and limit the processed junk.  Click here for the article from Health.com.

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Do You Have Bad Breath?

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s a day of kissing, so you should recognize if you have bad breath and take care of it before you lose your kissing partner.  Check out this article CNN.com to find out if you have bad breath, why you do and how to fix it before you try to kiss someone tonight…

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How Good Is Sushi For Your Health?

The bad stuff: white rice and mirin, a sugar sauce used to make the rice sticky.

The good stuff: brown rice, no mirin, and nori (the seaweed).

Nori can:

  • Help reduce chances of developing Type 2 diabetes (which can be brought on by white rice and mirin)
  • High in Vit. A and C
  • Help reduce cholesterol
  • High in magnesium

Click here for a recipe that uses chicken and nori.

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How Fit Are You?

Women’s Health devised this challenge to test women’s fitness.  Then you can gauge where you need work and use their challenge workouts.  Click here to do the fitness test.

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Tricks To Suppress Your Appetite

Women’s Health came out with these tips on how to (healthily) suppress your appetite.  Click the link to see their reasoning.

  1. Protein with breakfast
  2. Eat potatoes (with skins)
  3. Eat healthy fats
  4. Exercise (actually suppresses appetite and also makes you think twice about eating unhealthily…takes a lot of work to burn off 200 calories, less than a chocolate bar)
  5. Eat grapefruit (my fav fruit, top fav foods with olives and cottage cheese)
  6. Smell peppermint (vanilla, green apple or banana)

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Leaner Butt and Legs Workout

From Women’s Health, here’s a sequence of 8 exercises to lean out and tone your lower half.  I like wood choppers.  You can even feel it in your abs and sides if you cross from left foot to over right shoulder, and vice versa for a modified version.

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78 Ways To Cut 100 Calories

Check out this big list of ways to cut back!

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4 Band Exercises

Women’s Health has come up with 4 easy at-home band exercises for strength.  To get a bit of cardio do one exercise after the other with 30 second rests between sets.  Take a minute or two when you go through all 4 to rest, then start again!

Click here for the exercises.

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Reasons To Run

Makes you want to go on a run!  I like running, but not on 30 degree days here in Toronto.  Click here to see the full Women’s Health article.

  1. It’s so easy
  2. Yet so hard
  3. Your knees will thank you
  4. You’ll stress less
  5. It can prevent disease
  6. You’ll probably live longer

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