Smart Workout Help
Hats off to Betty Wong and our friends at FITNESS Magazine for publishing a truly helpful new book, Fast Track to a Better Body. Even when I’m motivated to exercise, I’ve always had a hard time figuring out which strength and toning moves to do—my mind goes blank. The experts at FITNESS have compiled a never-get-bored series of 15-minute workouts that you can do at home or at the gym that focus on your arms, abs, butt, legs, or your whole body. The book also includes enlightening chapters on maximizing fat burning in less time. Even though I have been covering health and fitness issues for years, I learned new things:
1. Women who maintain a healthy weight do weekly exercise equal to 21.5 METs (metabolic equivalents). The book includes the METs of different aerobic activities.
2. You don’t actually need to stay in the so-called “fat burning zone” to shed pounds (even you burn a higher percentage of fat calories when you’re walking than when you’re running, you burn a lot more total calories when you’re running, so higher intensity is more effective).
3. Interval training is indeed the best way to kick-start your metabolism, but it’s stressful on your body so you should do a lighter workout the next day.
You can buy the book here.