Seeking My Best Self

trying to make sense of my life – and lose some weight

Dance, Dance, DANCE

on May 30, 2013

danceI read an article in the New York Times today. The topic: Is running or walking better for your health?

Turns out, it depends on what you’re going for. Walking an equivalent distance is twice as good at preventing high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. But if you want to lose weight, then running is the hands-down winner.

Walking actually increases your appetite, and in studies, walkers tend to eat more than the calories they burn. Runners, on the other hand, eat much less, even when the walkers and the runners burned the same amount of calories in exercise. Why? Running releases an appetite suppressing hormone. Walking does not.

Well, damn. I don’t want to GAIN weight by walking. And I can’t run, my hips and knees won’t take it.

I remember the summer of 2010, when I lost about 15 pounds in a very short time. I was busy, sure. But what I was doing regularly, obessively – was DANCING. I would put on music every couple of hours or so, and just boogie in my bedroom. (Well,I was actually in my living room, but bedroom is alliterative, and I do love to take literary license when it improves the story.)

So. I am going to walk until I drop. But I’m also going to dance, dance, dance these 20 pounds away!

Here’s the article, if you’re interested: New York Times

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