(Note: The following post is courtesy Bruce Krahn of www.ebodi.com.)
Hi, Bruce here from www.ebodi.com.
I am pretty excited as it is only the beginning of March and yet we have been enjoying double-digit warm temps lately — awesome!
This means that it will be a great time to head outside for some extra activity (like resuming my daily walk to my mailbox.)
The funny thing is that even though my daily walk isn’t very long (or vigorous) I always notice a reduction in body fat after just a week or so of resuming this daily activity.
This got me thinking about a study I recently read that said amongst the Amish people, the obesity rate is only 4%, compared to 30% in the United States overall.
As you know, the Amish culture is well known for not having adopted most of the modern technologies the rest of us use on a daily basis. This means that many of the tools we use to make our lives easier are simply not used in an Amish community. I guess you could say that the Amish prefer to do things “old school.”
One study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise reported that Amish men walked an average of 18,425 steps per day. That is a heck of a lot more than the average American who clocks in at about 5,000 steps a day and the No. 1 reason why the Amish are so trim.
They certainly aren’t in better shape because of their diet. In fact, their diet is actually quite high in both carbs and calories. Researchers discovered that Amish folks LOVE their cakes, pies, pastries, gravy, bread, eggs, meats and potatoes as much (if not more) than the rest of us!
However, their increased activity level accounts for about 450 more calories burned each day and that’s why they stay fit.
Yes, I know the hardcore exercisers are saying “but interval training is better” and this may be true but I also know that many people are bogged down by all the dogma that exists in the fitness world and this is preventing them from taking action.
This is why I recommend taking advantage of the opportunities for increased activity that exist all around you — even if they are not considered to be “exercise” by traditional standards.
I have spoken about NEAT before and it stands for Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. This may be the little extra activity your body needs to lose those stubborn pounds of fat that have made their way onto your waist and butt over this past winter!
My recommendation is to lift weights and fit in some NEAT activity whenever you can.
Nutrition also counts so watch the video at www.ebodi.com for some great tips on how to eat and exercise for the look you want.
Have a great week,