Saturday, August 16, 2008

Maintaining Weight Loss

I hope that you have been enjoying your summer by eating well and staying active! Family reunions and vacations often interrupt our diet and exercise routines--and then along comes the dreaded rut. Staying motivated can be a challenge. Taking breaks from your normal workout routines is okay as long as 2 weeks doesn't lapse into 2 months. You'll start to lose muscle (which will slow your metabolism)and ultimately pack on the pounds. Here's some motivation--a newly published study from the University of Pittsburgh reports the following:

"Women who want to lose weight and keep it off need to exercise for almost an hour, five days a week, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh.

Researchers found that a 55-minute regime was the minimum needed to maintain a 10 percent drop in weight." READ MORE.

The article published at goes on to explain the efficiency of interval training which is "a type of exercise that combines short bursts of high-intensity activity with periods of rest". Marathon runners increase their cardiovascular output using a run-walk technique while training.

But, if you're not training for a marathon, then just get up and go for a walk--after all, it is the BEST form of exercise!