If I told someone that they were going to do 12 marathons this year, they would feel like they had a ton of cardio coming to them. A marathon is 26.2 miles and a grueling bit of work. They are a strenuous enough challenge that once you finish it, you’ll be compelled to put a tiny 26.2 sticker on the back of your car to let people know what you’ve done. 12 of them in a year would average to one every month. If you live in a small enough town, they’d probably put you in the paper for that.
It might surprise you to know that you can get an equal amount of aerobic volume this year passively by going on an easy walk twice a week. An hour long walk twice a week done at 3 miles an hour (which is a slow pace; I just tried it on the treadmill and it’s easy) adds up to 12 marathons a year. Pick up the pace a little more and it adds up.
This will help your body lose fat by two different processes.
One, the hour long walks will clear your head and decrease stress. Stress management is one of the most important things someone can do to decrease body fat levels.
Two, workouts at the extremes of the intensity spectrum use fat primarily as an energy source, so to burn fat most efficiently, you want either really easy work (like a walk) or a really hard workout (like the ones we provide at Core Blend Training). When you fall into the middle, working too hard on easy work or not hard enough on hard work causes your body to use muscle, rather than fat, as an energy source.
There’s a reason you don’t see a lot of jacked marathon runners, they are using muscle as an energy source instead of fat. Staying at one of two ends on the intensity spectrum will make sure that fat is the energy source being used and keep you on the way to your goals.
So there you go. Walk.
Try this easy exercise hack and see how it helps improve your fitness:
12 Marathons at 3 miles an hour twice a week (Slow Walk)
14 Marathons at 3.5 miles an hour twice a week (Walk)
16 Marathons at 4.0 miles an hour twice a week (Quick Walk)
18 Marathons at 4.5 miles an hour twice a week (Very Quick Walk)
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