This post was written by Jesse Schwartzman, an Advisor to Earndit. Jesse is a Tier 4 personal trainer at Equinox and he holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Columbia.
The real key to burning calories is to modify behavior when you’re NOT exercising. That’s right, I want you to focus not on exercising more, but on MOVING more throughout the entire day. If you think of structured exercise as the only time needed to burn calories, you are missing a large part of opportunities to burn calories. In fact the largest percentage of our energy expenditure doesn’t come from regimented exercise, but instead from our bodily metabolic processes and amount of general movement in the day. Ideally, exercise shouldn’t account for more than 25% of your daily caloric burn.
Picture our Paleolithic ancestors getting up in the morning, running around the forest for a half hour and then sitting on a log all day. Would you consider such a person an active individual?
Even inactivity of just 12 hours can lead to a host of hormonal changes that can wreak havoc on mood, energy, weight loss, and recovery. I just learned this at a seminar on metabolic training and performance this past weekend.
So… don’t workout and then think you can turn into a blob for hours on end without some consequences. I suggest you make sure that even on recovery days to try and stay active and avoid these undesirable consequences. Finding creative ways to move more is not easy, so here are a few options: park further from the office, get up and take walk breaks at work, use stairs instead of elevators, etc.
Now if you’ll excuse me I am going to run around with my cat dangling a feather while he chases me. I have been sitting at this computer for too long.
Yours in good health,