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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Best Way to Burn Calories & Lose Weight?

Here's a basic fact of dieting life: If you want to lose weight, you need to burn calories. That means exercise. Since the guidelines regarding just how much weekly exercise is needed for optimal health seem to be a moving target, the Harvard Heart Letter recommends you concentrate instead on how many calories you're burning.

A recent Harvard University study determined that burning an additional 700 to 2,000 calories a week through dynamic exercise will not only make your heart stronger and lower your blood pressure, but also help you lose weight.

The amount of calories you burn during a workout depends on your weight, as well as the intensity and duration of the activity. Interestingly, brief sessions of intense activity burn the same number of calories as longer, less intense workouts. The Harvard Heart Letter suggests finding benchmarks for various activities you enjoy based on your weight. Then, by adjusting the three dimensions of exercise--intensity, duration, and frequency--you can choose activities that suit your lifestyle.

Here are a few benchmarks, all given for a 155-pound person:

  • Walking briskly (at 4 miles per hour) for 30 minutes burns 150 calories.
  • Heavy cleaning for 45 minutes burns 250 calories.
  • An hour of singles tennis burns 300 calories.

Of course, exercise choices are varied. But the Harvard Heart Letter recommends brisk walking as one of the best ways to burn calories. Not only is it inexpensive and accessible--all you really need are a good pair of walking shoes and a sidewalk, trail, or treadmill--but also walking has been shown to prevent or help control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
source: Netscape.com

Don't go out for a walk without adequate footwear!
These are Shoebuy's favorite walking shoes for men and women:

Rockport World Tour Classic (Men's) - Chocolate Nubuck
Rockport World Tour Classic (Men's)
The Classic World Tour Style. This shoe covers your foot in leather or nubuck for a softly cushioned fit, and features Full Strobel construction to increase flexibility and aid in walking motion. Its EVA midsole provides lightweight cushioning, comfort, and durable support. Fiberlon airport friendly shank. Durable 1" rubber outsole keeps feet firm on a variety of surfaces. Rockport's patented Walking Platform construction, with an extended heel counter and structured but pliable forefoot, provides motion control and increased forefoot flexibility. Available Colors: Chocolate Nubuck, Brown Tumbled, Sand Nubuck, Tumbled Black.

New Balance MX608 (Men's) - White/Navy
New Balance MX608 (Men's)
Men's Cross Training: A versatile cross-trainer featuring ABZORB in the heel. Upper: Leather upper. Natural comfort, durability and breathability. Midsole/Outsole: Injected molded EVA midsole. Provides long-wearing durability. Solid rubber outsole provides lightweight cushioning and flexibility. ABZORB in heel provides maximum shock absorption for heel strikers. Strobel lasted. Available Colors: Black, White, White/Navy.

ECCO Seawalker Tie 10394 (Men's) - Black Leather
ECCO Seawalker Tie 10394 (Men's)
Strong, full-grain leather or nubuck. Interchangeable, vegetable tanned and metal-free leather insole with ECCO Comfort Fibre System foam (recycled material). Built-in shank stabilises the construction of the shoe. Anatomically shaped, extra soft and Freon-free polyurethane (PU) midsole with shock absorption (shock point). Hardwearing, light and flexible Freon-free polyurethane (PU) outsole. Available Colors: Black Leather, Rust Leather, Coffee Nubuck.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 (Women's) - White
Brooks Addiction Walker 2 (Women's)
Heel and Forefoot Hydroflow provide the best cushioning system in footwear. It absorbs shock, stabilizes the foot and returns energy back to the foot, stride after stride. Soft, supple full grain leather conforms to the foot for a supportive and breathable fit. HPR, a high-density carbon rubber, in the heel for increased traction and outsole durability. Exclusive full-length S-257 midsole decreases break by 15% while providing excellent energy return and cushioning on every stride. Dual density midsole with a larger, harder wedge-shaped EVA component on the medial side designed to stabilize the foot and minimize excessive pronation. Available Colors: Black, White.

Merrell Jungle Moc (Women's) - Midnight (Black)
Merrell Jungle Moc (Women's)
Slip-on, comfortable, after-sport moc. Slip-Lasted Construction, Water Resistant Pigskin Suede Leather, Heavy Nylex Lining. Elastic Stretch Band, 4.5mm Anatomical Footbed. Compression Molded EVA Footframe, Air Cushion Midsole, Merrell Jungle Runner Sole/Sticky Rubber. Available Colors: Taupe, Gunsmoke, Midnight (Black).

Easy Spirit Romy (Women's) - White Multi Leather
Easy Spirit Romy (Women's)
A great lightweight, fashionable athletic sneaker perfect for walking or light running. Removable sockliner provides superior cushioning and absorbs shock.