This is a part of the course and probably the hardest part to do.
In my case it was 30minutes walking a day whilst at work (which was hard to fit in) and 30 minutes cycling when I was off work.
Cycling wasnt a problem, even it was only half an hour it would be a local loop a couple of times with a bit of climbing in it. Rides out were never less than 30 miles of the Wirral loop on this site. By the end of the course I was doing over 100 miles a week and I’d joined the gym.
I wish I’d joined the gym earlier as although the weight was coming off and my legs were fine from all the cycling I found I had no upper body strength. It also proved to be a more efficient way improving my overall fitness. Initial results are encouraging and I’m hooked now. Another case where I would admit to getting it wrong by just concentrating on the cycling.
I tried a spinning class at the Oval, this has proved to be the hardest thing I have EVER done, 40 minutes of the most intense exercise I have ever done. The story that “Men sweat and Women perspire” proved to true I was soaking, the hand towel was soaking, the water bottle was dry and I was chewing the plastic trying to get some more water out of it. It’s something I want to do at least once a week.
If you’ve been on the course but saw the exercise as optional or not for you it’s time to think again, I feel I’ve got as much from the exercise as from the diet perhaps more so.
Update: 7 Aug 06 Looking to do 3 spinning classes a week if I’m off work. Wednesday is now a ride day from the Eureka cafe and I haven’t found a hill yet that has given me a serious problem. I’m no longer afraid of getting out breath on a climb as I know a certain pace will get me to the top.
I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t enjoying it.
If you opt for walking it should be at a faster pace than what you are currently doing, if you haven’t broken into a sweat at the end of it your probably not doing enough. I’d go out with a heartrate monitor with a calorie counter on it if I was starting again as then you’ll know how much effort you are putting into your exercise. The Crane Sports one I started off with even shows your BMI and wasn’t expensive.
Half an hour on the CrossTrainer on Hillclimb has me burning 350 to 375 calories. So don’t kid yourself that a half hour stroll is going to burn 500 calories. I now count calories burnt in Mars Bars. 250 calories equals 1 Mars Bar, it takes a lot of effort to burn 250 calories, you see Mars Bars in a totally different light after you’ve sweated one off.