With obesity on the rise globally, more people are looking for healthier alternatives to sitting down passively for any lengthy period. Most of the time spent this way is either at work or getting to work. Long days and sometimes lengthy commuting time does not leave many motivated to participate in a much needed exercise regime when the day is done. The answer then seems to be to incorporate some form of physical activity into traveling time or perhaps to try getting to work under your own steam.
Running has for quite some time been the trendy thing to do and it certainly gets the heart rate up. For those just starting out, it would be advisable to take the usual form of transport to work, but get off a stop or two before the destination and run the rest of the way. Calories burned while running or jogging depend on the body weight of the participant, the intensity of the run and also on an individual’s metabolism. So, running a twelve minute mile would burn approximately 472 to 745 calories on a scale of persons between 130lb and 205lb. A good pair of running shoes is essential and if visibility is usually poor during the times one leaves to or from work then reflectors are a must.
Walking is the perfect alternative for those whose health or general conditioning level does not allow for the high impact effect that running has on joints. Again, the appropriate foot gear is a must, as are reflectors. Walking obviously burns less calories and slow walkers will burn between 118 and 186 calories, dependant on the same body weight criteria, whereas a brisk walk (5mph) will result in 472 to 745 calories being burned.
Cycling has always been popular amongst exercise enthusiasts, not only for its weight-loss effects, but also for the muscle tone achieved. It is really hard work for the uninitiated and an expensive sport to pursue, but if it becomes the regular means of getting to work then the cost can be offset against former transport costs. Calories burned while cycling depend on the level of intensity and a leisurely 10mph bike ride will result in 236 to 372 calories being shed while a more vigorous ride will get rid of between 590 and 931. The price range in cycles can vary between reasonable and very pricey and so can the helmet which is required by law. Suitable cycling shoes would also be a necessity, but the overall cost must be seen in the light of the estimated savings derived from no longer using public or private transport to work.
In countries such as China and The Netherlands, cycling to work is done by a large section of the population and the obesity rates in those countries are noticeably less than the UK or USA. This is also true of third-world countries where walking is made necessary by the lack of reliable public transport. Perhaps we should take note.
These healthy living tips comes to you from CS Healthcare, the specialist provider of medical health insurance for all parts of the civil service and their family members as well as relatives.