Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fitter and leaner in just 3 minutes a week?

B&W Love Song Wedding Invitation - music themed art by Anne Vis
Are you thinking about "New Year resolutions"?
If so, you're probably going to be interested in today's post, as I would like to share with you some stuff that might help you to improve your health and weight.
It's not new, but by now there is more research about two methods that were discussed in Horizon in February 2012 and as shown on the Belgian tv this past week (talking about timing!). And also if you don't do New Years resolutions, like myself, a way to get in better shape and have more energy without much effort(!) is always worth while.
So here is what was discussed:
HIT - high intensity training, with sometimes an added "i" for interval.
Working out as much as you can for about 20 seconds (for instance on hometrainer), followed by 1 minute break, repeated three times.
NEAT - Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis
This basically is about all the movement that is not considered sports that you do on any given day. It means that if you move in small ways, standing up more often, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, you can burn a great many more calories and lose weight.
I'm not an expert, so I am going to share some links with you:
What is interesting about this, is that it lowers the amount of fat that is in your blood, which in theory reduces the risk to get a heart attack or stroke and possibly also the risk to get diabetes.

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