Fitness Tips

Don’t have time for a six-mile run or hour and half class of Bikram?  A study put out last May by the Science of Translational Medicine,  shows that ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes that will last at least an hour. And here’s the good news for the gals who are already fit – the better shape you are in the more benefits you will get.

Researchers measured biochemical changes in the blood of a variety of people. Metabolic changes that began after 10 minutes on a treadmill still were measurable 60 minutes after people cooled down.

One of our favorite health sources, Dr. Mercola mentioned this study in an article he wrote on Peak fitness a term he coined to describe an exercise program that goes beyond cardio.  “The major change is that once or twice a week you do peak exercises, in which you raise your heart rate up to your anaerobic threshold for 20 to 30 seconds, and then you recover for 90 seconds,” he says, “You would repeat this cycle for a total of eight repetitions. These cycles are preceded by a three minute warm up and two minute cool down so the total time investment is about 20 minutes.”

Why? According to Dr. Mercola:

Benefits of Peak Fitness Exercises

Once you regularly participate in these 20 minute exercises about twice a week, most people notice the following benefits:

  • Lowers your body fat
  • Dramatically improves muscle tone
  • Firms your skin and reduces wrinkles
  • Boosts your energy and sexual desire
  • Improves athletic speed and performance
  • Allows you to achieve your fitness goals much faster

What we’ve learned from both sources is simple: get up and move ladies!

Cheers to a fit-and happy 2011!


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