Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Running and Weight Loss

Despite all of the media attention given to what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat, exercise, not diet, has the strongest effect on weight loss.  Indeed, research has shown that exercising more than 250 minutes per week is needed for significant weight loss and for maintenance of weight after weight loss.  According to the National Walkers’ and Runners’ Health Studies, people who run over 40 miles per week have 18% smaller bra cups, 10% lower body mass index, 8% lower waist circumferences, 7% lower hip circumferences, and 4% lower chest circumferences compared to those who run less than 10 miles per week.  Underscoring the importance of running for the rest of your life, research has also shown that you gain more weight by stopping running than the weight you lose by starting running.  

If you want to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life, running has to become a part of who you are rather than something you do.  Find a way to internalize your running, and you’ll never have to worry about fitting it in.  If you’re pressed for time, run for just 15 minutes.  Just run.  The time people spend reading books on how to lose weight could be spent running to lose the weight.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Be Brave Be Strong

I just finished reading "Be brave be strong" A journey Across the Great Divide by Jill Homer. Jill is an Ultra endurance athlete who takes on the challenge of doing the "Tour Divide" a 2740 mile Mountain bike race from Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide. It's hard to imagine pushing oneself to one's mental and physical limit every day for 24 strait days. Through injuries, mechanical breakdowns, epic struggle and triumph I'm truly in awe of how she taps into her personal strengths to complete such an event. This is a book about the incredible ability of humans to persevere both physically and emotionally,  and a lesson that our limits are much greater than most of us allow ourselves to believe. Jill's personal journey provides the ultimate inspiration,  a book that truly keeps your attention right to the end.