Question of the Week #6: What role does prayer play, if any, in improving physical fitness?
Nugget of the Day #2: Vigorous physical activity burns an average of about 10 Calories per minute. Obviously this varies depending on the age and weight of the individual, but this is a good ballpark figure to use when estimating the impact of your exercise sessions. Just remember, shopping at the mall for an hour is not “vigorous exercise”. If you aren’t breaking a sweat, it isn’t vigorous. Adding this to the knowledge that 1 pound of body fat contains approximately 3500 Calories, then it would take 350 minutes of vigorous exercise alone to burn 1 pound of body fat if no dietary modifications were made. This is just under 6 hours of exercise to lose a pound of body fat if you didn’t make any adjustments in your food consumption. To some this probably sounds like a lot of exercise for only 1 pound. Two things you need to understand from this:
1: Food control is extremely important when attempting to drop body fat! Adding a calorie deficit to the extra calories burned can safely double the rate of body fat loss.
2: It takes time! If you are engaged in both a regular exercise program and a calorie-restricted nutrition plan, a reasonable expectation for body fat loss is 1-2 pounds a week. Any amount more than that means that you’ve either quit your day job and become an Olympian in training or become a monk and have taken up fasting every day. If the package or the infomercial says “lose 5 pounds a week”, someone is trying to sell you something!