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Brit’s Vid, Runner’s Burn and Weights’ Plus

Brit sets her eyes on a workout DVD, runners burn extra cals all day long, and strength training boosts cardio health.

Brit To Make Dance Workout DVD?
First it was K-Fed, now it may be Britney Spears. Yes, that’s right, Brit is rumored to be planning to release her own series of dance-based workout DVDs. Her inspiration? Jane freakin’ Fonda. I can’t wait. I’m already salivating at the blogging material in that DVD. If only they had created one together back when they were married…

Brit allegedly wants a dance-based format because dance is what helped her get back in shape earlier this year. Now don’t get too excited. It’s just speculation, but my goodness, I hope it’s true!

Brit’s in the zone.

Feel the Burn
Do you run for more than four hours a week? If you do, wow, go you. If you don’t, it may be time to carve out some more workout time. According to a recent study from Yale University, endurance athletes have a higher metabolism—even when they’re not running—than sedentary folks. In fact, the subjects who ran four hours or more a week burned 54 percent more calories than the couch taters. Fifty-four percent?! That’s crazy insane awesome.

Now, I hear ya. Four hours a week of running or other hard-core activity is tough to squeeze in, and you have to be in darn good shape to do it. But with benefits like that, I may just have to up my mileage.

Stoke it.

Strength Gains
After reading the above bit, the benefits of cardio are obvious. But what about weight training? Sure it builds muscle, boosts your metabolism and makes you look awesome and toned, but what about its effect on the heart? While cardio is usually credited as making the heart stronger and less susceptible to disease, new research shows that strength training is pretty darn beneficial, too.

A National Strength and Conditioning Association study of more than 51,000 men who weight trained for 30 minutes or more per week found that the weight-lifting men reduced their heart attack risk by 23 percent. Now, compare that to men who rowed for an hour each week and reduced their risk by just 18 percent. Sure, those who ran an hour or more a week dropped their risk by 42 percent, but 23 percent for just 30 minutes or more a week ain’t too shabby. Plus, it’s way more doable this time of year than four hours.

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10 Comments
  1. kjl says:

    Thanks for the great info, girls!

  2. Marcy says:

    Dang maybe I have to look at running more in a time way than distance. I’ll have to shoot for 4+ hrs a week 😉

    On a sidenote I have a DVD question. Have you guys reviewed Jari Love’s Get Ripped 1000? I can’t remember :-/ The local paper had it’s list of the best workout DVD’s and that one sparked my intrest because it claims a 1,000 cal burn (I’m sure it’s pretty intense. YIKES)) but wanted to know what others thought before I went and tortured myself LOL

  3. Tami says:

    On the running thing – that was compared to, as you said, “couch potatoes”.

    How does it compare to people who already get decent exercise?

    Upping to four hours is unlikely to have that massive percentage increase for someone who is already working out.

    Though I’m certainly not going to argue the benefits of exercise!!

  4. tfh says:

    Those statistics about running and strength training are very motivating! If 4 hours of running a week burns 54% more calories than not running, I wonder what the gains are for 3 hours, 2 hours, etc. (30%? 25%? Must be something, right?)

  5. Erica says:

    hahahahhaha I hope Brit Brit puts out a video. I am expecting a review within the first week 😉 Hope you’re having a good day!

  6. Jenn says:

    Marcy: We have not reviewed anything by Ms. Love, but now that it’s on our radar, it’s only a matter of time. 🙂

    Tami: Good points, and I have absolutely no idea. But, I’m betting that tfh is on the right track…

    Erica: You know we’d have that thing reviewed ASAP. 🙂 Reminds me…look for a new Brit CD review in FitHits in early to mid December. Her CD drops on Dec. 2, and I can’t wait. Hehe.

  7. Sagan says:

    I’m so glad I’ve learned to love strength training!

    Seems like all the celebrities are jumping on that bandwagon…

  8. eatingbender says:

    All great information! Particularly the Britney Spears workout DVD possibility. That would be amazing. And I would be eagerly anticipating a FBG review!!

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