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Supercharge Your Metabolism

I hung up the phone the other day with a writer from a fitness magazine.

We were talking about the dilemma one of their readers had — she was walking for 30 minutes each day, 5 days/week.  She was eating well (from what she said) … yet the scale and her body fat weren’t budging.

Where was she going wrong?  Should she increase how long she walks each day?  Eat less?

Without knowing more about her food outside of "she was eating well" like the writer was told, we focused on her exercise.

And the first thing I said was she needs to work harder.  Not longer.  But harder and smarter.

Walking is great.  It’s better than sitting.  But it’s not close to as effective as higher intensity exercise.

We call it cardio confusion.  People think they simply need to walk … walk their dog, walk around the park, walk their neighborhood, and the weight will magically fall off them.

It couldn’t be further from the truth.

Again, yes, walking is great.  Be active.  But you also have to challenge your body.

It doesn’t mean you have to start sprinting.  Maybe you’re just getting off the couch after years of being inactive.  Simply work a bit harder during your walk.

For example, pick a landmark … maybe a telephone poll … and walk as hard as YOU can until another landmark.  Then slow it down for about 30 seconds (or the next mailbox or whatever).  Continue to go back and forth like this.  You’ll work harder, but you can go for less time, and burn MORE calories than with a simple, slow, long boring cardio routine.

Like I said — be active — we walk around the park almost daily as a family.  It’s not for exercise, it’s just to be outside and move.  Our actually training is in addition to this daily routine. 

Being active and exercising aren’t necessarily the same thing.

Mohr Results Bottom Line: No more cardio confusion — add intervals, like we do in Mohr Results Boot Camp on our own, if you truly want to supercharge your metabolism and get fast fat loss results! 

 

 

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2 Responses to Supercharge Your Metabolism

  1. Ray October 1, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    Thanks for the reminder Chris, I added intervals to my run last night. Even runners need to change it up. The heart is the biggest muscle in the body, it needs to be flexed even more than other muscles. I fall into the routine of just running the distance and that can be the same as walking once your heart gets use to the same routine. We don’t challenge the heart to work and soon it’s just another boring day for our heart. Let’s do intervals people!

  2. Kashif March 18, 2011 at 4:47 am #

    i often engage in speed play where i run, jog, brisk walk and sprint etc. all in a playful and idiosyncratic manner. this is great for shocking the system into boosting its functions from metabolism to hgh response to insulin sensitivity. you get a wonderful buzz from this sort of exercise philosophy.

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