A race for a cause, extreme workouts, and why exercise won’t make you thin.
Intimidated by the thought of a full 26.2 miles? Want to help a good cause while you’re competing in a distance race? The inaugural Women’s Running Magazine Women’s Half Marathon and 5K might be for you! The race benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will take place Nov. 22, so you’ve got plenty of time to train. The St. Petersburg event is a flat course with a generous time limit, so even if you’re not a runner, you can walk it instead. Plus, with the Team In Training program, certified coaches will provide months of training to help participants hit the finish line. If you’ve been needing a reason to make a trip to sunny Florida, this may be your ticket!
Tired of your same old gym routine? How about going to a park and doing some flips off benches? Or maybe jump down a flight of stairs? (Note: The FBGs don’t really condone this.) “Parkour”—or what I’m calling “insanity”—is the craze of using the world as a playground and fitness center. Climbing walls, swinging from tree branches and even jumping between buildings are some of the activities that parkour includes. I’m sure it’s a total body workout, but I’ll leave this extreme sport to the experts. I like my noggin in one piece, thank you very much.
Not a Cure-All
Losing weight is a simple equation: Burn more calories than you consume. That’s why many of us on a quest to lose a few pounds hit the gym, hire personal trainers and burn lots of calories to lose that weight. But what’s going on when the weight isn’t going anywhere, despite all the hard work and thousands of calories burned? Unfortunately, you may be overcompensating after that hard work by eating more. This fascinating Time article discusses how people not only overcompensate by eating more after a workout, but also how exercise can actually make us expend less energy throughout the rest of the day. It even talks about how more moderate exercise throughout the day may be better for you than vigorous workouts. This one article really made me think; I read every word. But I still love my workouts!