Exercise: Day 2

All 12 floors climbed today, which killed my already aching legs! I know this exercise thing gets better with time. Meanwhile, Dee and I are keeping at it.

We are trying to figure out how much good this will do us. My research of the internet shows that we can burn various numbers of calories by climbing stairs. I think the most scientific approach is at this site. According to How Stuff Works, it’s a matter of horsepower.

We counted the steps today: 237. Tomorrow we begin accurately timing ourselves so that we can get a calorie count. Either way, I can definitely FEEL it working.

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1 Comment

  1. andrew said,

    April 22, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Heya-

    After being pretty athletic growing up I managed to party my way into being out of shape and overweight. For this reason I’ve got some perspective, particularly now as I move back towards a better weight and being more in shape. 10 years of doing very little takes a while to reverse.

    Doing stair steps is definitely a bigger work out than doing flat surface walking. That being said the general rule of thumb is that you should take 12,000 steps a day if you are looking to lose weight through walking. Most Americans unfortunately get less than 5,000 a day which is considered sedentary while a good maintenance level would be around 8,000.

    The other rule of thumb that seems helpful in these matters is portion control. Not so much what you eat but how much of it you eat. Use a smaller plate for your meals and fill the plate but only eat that much. Calorie counting and “nutritioning” yourself to death is a sure way to yo-yo. Think about what you’re eating, as Michael Palin says “would your great grandmother recognize that as food” – ie no Hotpockets, etc. Staying away from processed foods, eating better portions, and walking/cycling instead of using the car will do a tremendous amount of good, save you money, and best of all will be the sort of thing you can live with for the long haul.

    Best of luck to you on this adventure, I’m proud of you for taking that first step (as well as the other 236).


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