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Jan 24

Why people are expected to lose weight in the new year, and why many still want to – Yahoo Lifestyle

Virgie Tovar's message is clear. (Photo: @virgietovar/Instagram)

Im about to be so skinny. You wont know who I am. Im about to be so slim. You will not recognize me, comedian B. Simone sings in a TikTok video about manifesting weight loss in 2021.

Although Simone is making light of the vast pressure for people to lose weight at the start of the year, the influx of emails about discounted gym memberships, convenient diet plans and the idea that theres still time to become your best self by dropping pounds is very much not a joke.

In fact, Virgie Tovar, host of the Rebel Eaters Club podcast and author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat and The Self Love Revolution, Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color, explains that its a cultural norm dating back centuries with no end in sight.

She explains that Jan. 1st has become a deadline where we have to go back to being the citizens that we expect from our society and in our culture is a society that expects people to undertake weight loss.

As a writer who highlights the effects of weight-based discrimination, she further notes that the concept of weight holds extreme value within western culture, allowing the number on the scale to be not only a priority within our society, but also a determining factor of what kind of citizen you are.

Weight loss is about saying, I take responsibility for my body and my weight because that is what my culture expects from me, she says. And so weight loss is a way that people perform this understanding. It's a way of saying, I understand that the culture expects to take full responsibility for my life. And that includes my finances. That includes any number of things. And that also includes my weight.

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The start of a new year incentivizes people to double down when it comes to taking control of those things that society values, including healthy minds and bodies. According to Tovar, however, the push to do everything in ones power to attain the ideal healthy body is as much of a sham as the companies marketing the new year, new you mindset for their own gain.

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We live in a culture that thinks that 100 percent of our longevity and our wellness has to do with what we eat and that attitude is just not bared out by the data. It's a non-scientific attitude, Tovar explains. As someone who studies this, I'm deeply aware, for example, that only thirty percent of our overall health is determined by individual behaviors. Seventy percent of our overall health is determined by factors that are out of our control, that are called social determinants of health. And within that thirty percent number of individual control, eating is another smaller slice of that pie.

For this reason, Tovar emphasizes that weight loss is a cultural norm that has a social purpose something that a number of body positive influencers are calling attention to and condemning on their platforms.

Even as some people are taking steps to distance themselves from this pressure, Tovar explains that the isolation that many experienced in 2020 may push people further into the mentality of extreme diet and exercise.

People, more than anything I've found, want community. So with weight loss, you get a sense that not only are you on the same page with your coworkers, who are all doing a weight loss challenge or your family whos doing a weight loss challenge, but you're on the same page as the culture at large, she says. And not that sense of belonging can not be underestimated. Its very powerful and it motivates people to do anti-scientific behavior.

When it comes to living through a pandemic, people may also be looking for something to control.

COVID was the biggest thing that our generation faced just showing us that there are these factors that are outside of our hands, she says. This idea that we can deal with these things that feel outside of our control by doubling down on our weight and how we eat. And that sense of control helps people feel okay. It helps people feel okay in a world where there's a lot of factors that we can't control.

She adds, The idea that anyone can become anything if they work hard enough is perhaps the most important ideological cornerstone of our culture. And it's a big cornerstone of diet culture as well.

Kanoa Greene, body-positive fitness coach and founder of Plus-Size Adventure Retreats, however, has worked to shift her focus to becoming the active person that she wanted to be without the pressure of weight loss and body image attached to it.

Its so ingrained in me that movement is about burning calories, getting smaller, and that's kind of where you find your worth. And so movement for me for a lot of my life was tied to that, she tells Yahoo Life. It wasn't joyful at all. It was like an obligation. And if I didn't do it, I felt guilty. I felt ashamed. There was just so much tied to it. So then for me, I realized I'm like, there's gotta be a better way.

Greene explains that she wanted to lean into fitness for the community, but the idea that it was just a means to an end of losing weight kept her from truly feeling accomplished. Then she began to push herself to just move without certain incentives attached.

It eventually evolved to where I discovered I can have strength in my body. I can gain agility and athleticism and not be focused about making that size smaller on my jeans or that number go down on this scale, she explains. That's when I was able to discover all that my body could do.

The intention that Greene had set for herself to gain fitness for the sake of climbing to the top of a mountain or to learn how to surf without working to shrink her body was not something she had seen represented before. It was either you're fat and you can't do things or you're this model of what we think an athlete should look like and they can do all the things, she says. Soon she realized, I can do all the things in the body that I'm in right now. I just need to move my body and gain strength and mobility and flexibility, and I can do those things.

She even proves that you can set fitness goals for yourself without the desire to lose weight something she does every year as the new year approaches.

It's like, is this the thing that's going to give me joy? I knew for myself going after a number literally served me not. I have lost tons of weight, I was following the number, but was I doing anything active? No, my body didn't have the things that it needed. It was smaller but it wasn't just more capable, Greene says. And for me, that capability is what brings me joy.

Tovar adds that its helpful to reframe goals to understand the true intention behind them.

Instead of saying, I'm going to start a weight loss accountability group, is the actual outcome that you want more friends? Because if that's what you want then maybe the weight loss group isn't necessarily the route, she explains. Like I want to have more energy and I want to have more energy through physical activity. Okay, fine. The goal ultimately is I want to explore the green spaces near my house. I want to feel more of a sense of wonder.

Greene does just this by setting goals like getting to the top of a mountain on a hike or learning how to surf and snowboard two physical things that she wants to do for fun. Ultimately, Tovar says this is the key to embracing movement in the new year.

Regardless of weight, every single person benefits from movement. And when we take weight off the table, we take the pressure off of the table and we leave more room for fun, Tovar says. At the end of the day, every person who's ever been on a diet understands the failure, success feedback loop that ultimately just kills your spirit. Whats really great is when you take weight loss out of the equation, you take out the failure part of the feedback loop. That's really powerful.

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Jan 24

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Want to keep muscle as you lose weight? Exercise is essential – The Union Leader

You've heard over and over that the key to losing weight is reducing food intake, not exercise. And exercise plus control of portion size is what's needed to keep weight off once you lose it. Well, that's technically true. But healthful weight loss isn't just about numbers. You want the reward for all your hard work to be looking good and feeling strong -- and that means you want to maintain and even build muscle as you shed excess pounds.

A new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise looked at the results of a six-month weight loss program for postmenopausal women. It reveals that if you combine a protein-rich diet with exercise, you can maintain and build muscle strength while you lose weight. But if you just opt for a high-protein diet without exercise, you will lose strength as you shed pounds.

So it's essential that any weight loss program be paired with 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity five or more days a week. That should include two weekly 20-minute resistance exercise sessions. We also recommend you balance protein intake with healthy carbs like 100% whole grains and fiber-rich veggies and fruits.

Weight loss is not won by the speedy but by the consistent, committed and controlled. To shed one to two pounds a week, reduce your calorie intake by 300-500 a day as you increase your exercise routine. And don't let increased exercise fool you into thinking you can eat anything you want -- it's still necessary to reduce your calorie intake.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

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Jan 24

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Dr. Timothy Panah explains why some people have trouble losing weight, even with a good diet and exercise. Sponsored by Skinny Seattle

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Jan 24

In 15 Months, This 441-lb Man Lost 228 Pounds and Now Runs Marathons to Be Healthy For His Kids – Good News Network

In just 15 months, this 441-pound man who couldnt fit in a theater seat lost 228 pounds and completed a full marathon.

The motivation to change came when the 31-year-old recognized that he didnt have the energy to play with his two young children.

Since that realization a little over a year ago, Rob Sparkes has changed his eating habits, taken up running during the pandemic, and he now weighs just 216 pounds.

Before, I couldnt even walk up a flight of stairs without feeling out of breath, said Sparkes, a salesman from Weston-Super-Mare, in England.

Prior to his weight loss, Sparkes was eating a whopping 6,000 calories a day and led a completely sedentary lifestyle, saying, The furthest Id walk is from work down to the shop to get food.

He detailed his food intake on a typical day:

4 pieces of toast before work; a bacon roll, a Coke, and some chips mid-morning; half-pound burger and fries or massive sandwich and family-sized bag of potato chips for lunch; snack mid-afternoon with chips and chocolate from the vending machine; then start snacking on more chips the second he got home from work.

For dinner, he recalls, Id order takeaway, typically a massive pizza, and later on Id watch television and eat popcorn.

Id also drink about two liters of Coke every day. I just couldnt stop. I got in a really bad rut.

His doctor was actually shocked that he didnt have any underlying health issues, but warned him that it was only a matter of time until he would develop diabetes and joint problems.

Id only just had my second child and I was worried I wouldnt be around for my children, he told SWNS.

So in September of 2019, he changed his diet and started trying to lose weight.

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I dont really snack at all anymore. I eat a lot of chicken and veggies.

After losing some weight, Sparkes turned his attention to his physical fitness.

In March of 2020, he started running using the Couch to 5K app and joined a running club. On December 20th he ran his first marathon.

It was meant to be an official one, but they all got postponed due to Covid, so my running club did an unofficial one.

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I had my wife and kids there waiting for me at the end, and it felt amazing. I ran it in five hours and 24 minutes, but I ran the whole thing.

He has four marathons booked for 2021 and runs a half marathon on most weekends to stay in shape.

He also raised 1,280 for the Alzheimer Society by hiking the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challengea 25-mile hike up the 3 highest peaks in Yorkshire.

Sparkes says that his wife has played a big role in his success by being so supportive.

She was worried when she saw me gaining weight, but there was no stress or strain with the marriage, he said. But, she absolutely loves the weight loss.

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Now that hes achieved his fitness goals and lost the weight, Sparkes is looking into reconstructive surgery to remove his excess skin.

After 2021 he also plans to begin training for his first ultramarathon, a 50-mile race that only the most hardcore runners ever attempt.

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Jan 24

Is 30 Minutes of Cycling a Day Enough For Weight Loss? Experts Say Yes and No – POPSUGAR

There are so many reasons to love cycling. You can do it indoors or outdoors, at home or at the gym. It's also low-impact, making it easier on achy joints, and of course, it burns calories! But if you're someone who uses cycling as your go-to workout or you're considering adding it to your workout regimen you may be wondering if cycling can really lead to better overall health, especially if you have little time to spare. POPSUGAR spoke with experts to find out if cycling for even 30 minutes a day is enough to lose weight and put you on the path to feeling stronger and healthier.

"It is possible to lose weight from cycling 30 minutes a day," Jennifer Chew, MPT, MSc, an NASM-certified personal trainer and weight loss specialist, told POPSUGAR. Thirty minutes of cycling burns 200 calories on average, although that number depends on a few factors, including your weight, the intensity of your workout, and the resistance, Chew explained.

If you're looking to burn the maximum number of calories you can in those 30 minutes, there are a couple of ways to make that happen:

While weight loss is possible while cycling 30 minutes a day, Sayer and Chew stressed the importance of incorporating strength training and making other lifestyle changes in order to ensure you make progress on your goals.

"When you're pairing a strength training regimen with cardiovascular activity, [like cycling], your body composition will change significantly by increasing calorie burn and muscle mass," Krystal Goodman, an NCSF-certified personal trainer and coach at Orangetheory, told POPSUGAR. Goodman explained that the combination of elevating your heart rate through cycling and adding in that strength-training component will "give you the real bang for your buck" when it comes to fat burn and weight loss. Chew agreed, noting that increased muscle mass "promotes better metabolism," which ultimately allows your body to lose weight more sustainably.

A combination of cardio and strength training, paired with a healthy diet, should help you get results. But the diet is key: "At the end of the day, the most important point to losing weight is daily caloric intake versus daily caloric expenditure," Chew said. "If you are constantly eating less calories than you are burning, you will lose weight."

So, now that you've committed to cycling 30 minutes a day, you may be wondering how you can sustain that moving forward! Here are some effective, easy-to-apply suggestions from the experts.

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Jan 24

The One Anti-Inflammatory Crockpot Recipe You Should Have Every Day If You Want To Lose Weight Quickly – SheFinds

Inflammation is one of the most common digestion problems and can be a major roadblock for seeing the results of your healthy eating habits. Inflammation can often manifest as bloating and discomfort in the abdomen, making you appear distended and larger than you actually are. This can mimic the appearance of weight gain when it is in fact often just a build up of gas.

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While inflammation is certainly frustrating, there are a number of solutions to ease the issue, such as some gentle stretching and exercise, or even specific foods which have been known to cut through bloat and soothe discomfort in the belly. If youve been working to lose weight but are unable to see the results of your hard work due to abdominal bloating, this is the best recipe for easing inflammation and promoting overall digestional health.


Turmeric Chicken Rice Soup

Turmeric is well known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it makes a valuable addition to any dish. This seasoning, in tandem with a number of other ingredients in this soup, will work to cut through bloat quickly. Brown rice and other whole grains have also been known to aid in digestion as they are high in fiber, so this recipe provides a healthy carb source and soothes any inflammation.


Ingredients: Chicken breast, onion, carrots, celery, chicken or bone broth, long grain brown rice, olive oil, rosemary, thyme and turmeric

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Jan 24

The #1 Best Tea for Fat Loss, According to Nutritionists | Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

The best tea for fat loss is any plain unsweetened tea that you choose to drink instead of some other unhealthy beverages like these belly busters: sweet tea, soda, juice, smoothies, beer, etc.). (For more background, here are 7 Ways Tea Can Help You Lose Weight.)

Disappointed with that answer? Don't be. It's the honest truth: If you are looking for a magic bullet for weight loss, you won't find it in a teacup. Drinking tea alone is no more effective than any other fat-loss technique if you don't combine it with other healthy eating practices. In other words, a cuppa plain tea won't cancel out the tea biscuits.

That said, unsweetened tea is second only to water as the weight loss beverage most recommended by nutritionists and other health experts. For good reason: Plain tea contains zero calories and is rich in natural compounds that have many health benefits.

But which is the best type of tea for fat loss? One could argue that green tea is tops simply because green tea has been clinically studied more than any other kind of tea. Many studies have shown that the bounty of antioxidants in green tea may reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Research suggests that special compounds called catechins and the caffeine in green tea stimulate thermogenesis and boost metabolism. Other studies correlate drinking several cups of green tea a day for longer than six weeks with weight loss.

Of course, any calorie-free tea can help with weight loss if it replaces a high-calorie beverage. To get the biggest fat-loss benefit from tea, pick your favorite from these tea types recommended by nutritionists and pair it with one of The 6 Best Diets That Will Make You Live Longer.

"One of the best teas that support fat loss is black tea," says Tiffany Joy Yamut, a registered nurse, certified nutritionist, and co-founder of the keto diet resource Ketogenic Buddies. Black tea is made from leaves of the same plant from which green tea is made: Camellia sinensis. The big difference is how it's processed. Black tea leaves are exposed to air and allowed to oxidize into that trademark dark brown color. "A 2016 study published in Molecules showed that polyphenols in black tea can prevent obesity; one of its mechanisms is that it inhibits lipid (fat) absorption," says Yamut. "I follow a low-carbohydrate diet and black tea suits my lifestyle well since it contains no carbs plus some caffeine to jumpstart my metabolism." However, black tea isn't for everyone, she cautions. "Tea has caffeine, which can worsen gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms."

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"Any plain tea without sugar, honey, and syrups is great for weight loss," says Amanda A Kostro Miller, RD, LDN, who serves on the advisory board for Fitter Living. "Not only can you get fluid for hydration, [but you're also] filling up your stomach for only a few calories." If you run out of tea, you can always hydrate for fat loss by knowing This Is How Much Water You Need to Drink for Weight Loss.

This traditional Chinese tea, also known as black dragon, is made from the leaves of the same plant that yields green and black teas. The only difference is that unlike green tea, oolong is allowed to oxidize, but not long enough to turn into black tea. The result is a flavor that is less bitter than black tea, lighter, and more "grassy." Oolong tea has not been studied to the extent of green tea, but studies do point to its potential as a weight-loss beverage. In one study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, 102 overweight people consumed 8 grams of oolong tea, or about four cups a day for six weeks. Measuring body fat and body weight levels, researchers found that 70% of the heaviest subjects lost a little more than 2 pounds while 22% lost more than 6.5 pounds. Also, 12% of subjects experienced a decrease in subcutaneous fat.

Plant-based nutritionist Stephanie Mantilla's favorite weight-loss tea is caffeine-free rooibos from South Africa. Studies have shown that the red tea "helps block the creation of fat cells and increase metabolism," says the founder of Plant Prosperous.

Because the herbal tea is high in antioxidants and contains anti-inflammatory properties, one South African researcher is investigating its effect on fat stem cells. Dr. Hanl Sadie-Van Gijsen of the Division of Medical Physiology at Stellenbosch University is seeking to addressthe inflammation and oxidative stress within the fat tissue to relieve whole-body inflammation and insulin resistance. She says inflammation and oxidative stress are hallmarks of "dysfunctional fat," and responsible for many of the diseases associated with obesity.

Peppermint is a time-honored home remedy for indigestion, and it is believed to be a metabolism booster. "This tea's antifungal nature is also responsible for its ability to help improve digestive health," says nutritionist Lisa Richards, author of The Candida Diet. "A cup of peppermint tea after a meal can help alleviate gas and bloating while also speeding along digestion and potentially metabolism through this means as well."

Ginger tea is a favorite of Trista Best, RD, a registered dietitian with Balance Once Supplements, due to its robust flavor and antioxidant richness. "Ginger is unique for weight loss in that it contains compounds known as gingerols and shogaols, compounds that reduce the oxidative stress that exacerbates obesity," she says. "This damage occurs at the cellular level and once those damaged cells replicate the body's natural processes that maintain homeostasis can become disrupted leading to decreased metabolism, energy, and more."

A number of experts told us that green tea, matcha (a powdered green tea), and green tea extract are considered to be some of the best for supporting healthy weight loss because they are particularly high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds including EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate).

"EGCG seems to help block the formation of new fat cells and may also reduce hunger and cravings, plus caffeine in green tea has appetite-decreasing effects," says Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., CNS, founder of

This catechin abundant in green tea is also thought to improve recovery from exercise, boosting metabolism and potentially reducing fat storage. "Antioxidants found in green tea can support metabolic health by lowering oxidative stress, plus they keep blood sugar levels more balanced which is beneficial for controlling fat storage," says Axe.

"The ECGC in green tea can deactivate the genetic triggers for diabetes and obesity," says Kelly Choi, author of the Eat This, Not That! book The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse.

To learn how drinking green tea changed Choi's life, read I Tried a Tea Cleanse for 7 Days and This is What Happened.

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Jan 24

Lose weight and get fit with this full body workout by Joel Freeman – T3

A great way to lose weight and get fit for 2021 is to workout at home. This boxing-inspired full body workout takes a little longer than 15 minutes and burns plenty of calories: perfect! As well as helping weight loss, frequent exercising can boost metabolism and improve mood too. This boxing-inspired total body home workout was put together by Joel Freeman, creator of the '10 Rounds' programme at Beachbody On Demand.

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In a blog post about 10 Rounds, Joel explains the benefits of boxing workouts, "how every single punch actually begins at your feet, burns up through your hips, intensifies as you torque your core, and explodes all the way through your fists. With each punch, youre engaging your entire body, and gaining a deep muscle burn that will help scorch fat and calories and get your body in serious boxing shape. Its intense, but its also a lot of fun."

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The total run time of this workout is only 16 minutes and 45 seconds perfect for a quick pick me up after work or and to boost metabolism at the beginning of the day. Why not round it up to 20 minutes and include a bit of warm up before the workout: a light jump rope session or some stationary jogging would the trick just fine.

After the workout, make sure you stretch those muscles with a foam roller or a massage gun. The latter can effectively batter workout pain away, ease muscle soreness and mitigate the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS for short, which will inevitably happen after doing such an intense exercise as this one.

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Start in your fight stance with your guard up, elbows in and a slight bend in your knees. To roll forward, imagine holding a pencil in your mouth to draw the letter U. Bend your knees, keeping your chest and eyes forward, and shift your bodyweight to your front leg, in a U formation. Extend up to your starting position. To roll back, bend your knees, keeping your chest and eyes forward, and shift your bodyweight to your back leg, in a U formation. Extend up to your starting position.

Perform the roll forward and back for 45 seconds for three sets. Rest for 15 seconds in-between sets.

Rest for 30 seconds before beginning the next exercise.

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Begin with your feet close, holding a dumbbell at chest height. Step your right foot forward and bend both knees to 90 degrees, keeping your chest up and shoulders stacked on top of your hips. Twist your torso to the right, then reset your chest to face forward. Step your right foot back to the starting position and repeat on the other side.

Alternate sides for 45 seconds for three sets. Rest for 30 seconds in-between sets.

Rest for 30 seconds before beginning the next exercise.

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Start in your fight stance with your guard up, elbows in and a slight bend in your knees. Drive your hips forward, pivot on your back foot and extend your back arm out and up, palm facing you, in the shape of a V. Keep your front hand up and elbow in to protect the front side of your body. Reverse the motion to get back to the starting position.

Continue to throw the rear uppercut for 45 seconds for three sets. Rest for 15 seconds in-between sets.

Rest for 30 seconds before beginning the next exercise.

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Place a loop safely around your wrists. Lay flat on your back with your legs extended long and your arms extended overhead. With resistance in the loop, bring your legs and arms up, simultaneously, so your legs are directly over your hips, feet flexed, and arms extended over your chest. Bring your shoulder blades off the ground as you reach your hands toward your toes. Slowly bring your shoulders back to the ground and release your arms and legs back to the starting position.

Perform this exercise for 45 seconds for three sets. Rest for 30 seconds in-between sets.

Rest for 30 seconds before beginning the next exercise.

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Start in your fight stance with your guard up, elbows in and a slight bend in your knees. Drive your hips forward, pivot on your back foot and extend your back arm straight, rotating your fist until your palm faces the ground. Keep your front hand up and elbow in to protect the front side of the body. Reverse the motion to get back to the starting position.

Continue to throw the cross for 45 seconds for three sets. Rest for 15 seconds in-between sets.

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This is part of T3's Fit for 2021 programme, which will be running throughout January. We aim to bring you tips on diet, lifestyle and exercise that will help you shape up for what is certain to be a difficult year. One thing we can guarantee: it WILL be better than last year. And hopefully we'll help you get the most out of it.

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Jan 24

Average steps per day by age, sex, and occupation – Medical News Today

Although there are no strict rules about how many steps per day a person needs, staying active and making efforts to increase their average step count per day may help people reach their health and fitness goals.

Using step trackers, smartphone apps, and other fitness-friendly devices can help people count how many steps they take each day.

A persons daily average step count can vary widely based on a number of factors. These include age, sex, occupation, and even location.

This article looks at these factors in more detail. It also provides some tips to help a person increase their average daily step count.

For most people, walking is a cheap and readily available form of physical activity.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend getting 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity, such as brisk walking, each week.

Engaging in regular physical activity builds muscle strength and endurance. It may also play a role in preventing a number of chronic conditions, such as:

Walking poses little risk of injury compared with other, high impact forms of activity, such as intense sports.

Also, in most cases, walking does not require special equipment or clothing to engage in.

The average daily number of steps a person takes may fluctuate with age.

A study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that adults who took part in an activity challenge walked an average of 6,886 steps per day.

This number may be slightly higher than average, however, as the participants were directly involved in an activity challenge.

Results from an older study, this time in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, found that adults took an average of 5,117 steps per day.

Younger adults and children may take more steps per day. In fact, a 2011 article in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found that people under 18 years of age may take 10,00016,000 steps per day.

Older adults may vary more than other groups. For example, another article in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity notes that otherwise healthy older adults may average 2,0009,000 steps each day.

The average number of steps a person takes each day may also vary based on the type of job they have.

For example, people who spend hours on their feet such as construction workers, delivery workers, postal workers, and those working in the retail or service industries may average more daily steps than people who spend hours working at a desk.

However, there has not been much formal research comparing these groups.

A persons step count may also vary by their location.

For instance, a study in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise notes that people in the United States took fewer steps per day than people from Japan, Australia, and Switzerland, as below:

A more recent study in the journal Nature used smartphone data from people around the world to estimate their activity levels. This study also found that average activity levels vary in different locations, as below:

There seems to be a lot of variance between locations and even between different studies in the same locations. This may be due to differences in the lifestyle, transportation, or general health of the people in those locations.

For people who find it difficult to meet recommended activity levels each day, adding simple activities such as taking more steps can help increase general activity.

An article in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity recommends that inactive adults incorporate at least 30 minutes of brisk walking, which is about 3,0004,000 steps, each day.

For an average person, walking at a brisk pace means walking 100 steps per minute. This is enough to get the heart rate up slightly, but the person should still be comfortable while walking.

This is a low requirement, and adding more steps or other activities to a regular exercise routine may provide more benefit.

Active, otherwise healthy individuals can reasonably aim for the 10,000-step mark, though other forms of activity count toward this, as well.

The recommendation may be slightly lower for older adults. For example, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that older females who took between 4,400 and 7,500 steps per day experienced a lower risk of all-cause mortality than people who took under 2,700 steps per day.

Reaching the 10,000 steps per day mark did not appear to have any extra benefit in these groups.

There are some ways to increase step count and general activity levels, especially when first starting out. The sections below will look at these methods in more detail.

Starting any new level of activity can be challenging.

It may help to set some goals and write them down to stay motivated. These should be attainable goals.

For example, set a goal to walk for 10 minutes each day at first, gradually increasing this to 30 minutes each day over a period of 6 months.

For other people, setting distance goals may help, such as walking 1 mile or walking to a landmark down the street and back.

Setting small goals and achieving them may help keep a person motivated to continue.

It may help some people to take their daily steps in pleasant or scenic areas. For others, however, walking around a mall may help keep them motivated.

It is important for each person to decide what they find most enjoyable.

Walking with a companion may help a person increase their steps by taking their mind off of the activity itself.

Making walking a social activity may make it more enjoyable and help a person walk more, as well as provide mutual accountability and motivation.

Walking with a dog may help keep some people motivated to walk for longer, or to walk in new areas, which may also make the walk more pleasant.

In areas with large parking lots, trying simple acts such as parking farther away may help a person increase their step count.

If possible, opting for the stairs rather than the elevator can help increase a persons daily step count.

It may help some people to see the progress they are making.

Keeping a simple progress journal that tracks the date, the number of steps a person has taken, and their goals can help them see the progress they make over time. This may keep them motivated to take more steps.

The average number of steps a person takes each day will vary based on a number of factors.

People who are actively trying to increase their step count may want to focus on determining their average steps, then finding ways to increase their activity levels slowly.

Trying to reach national guidelines for physical activity is a good place to start the journey, and challenging oneself to move forward and reach new fitness goals may help increase step count over time.

Average steps per day by age, sex, and occupation - Medical News Today

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15+ Best Fitness Apps | Review of Workout & Health Tracker Apps of 2021 – Men’s Gear

High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT workouts, are best for when you want to lose weight, develop muscles, stay fit, or increase overall endurance, mobility, and muscle strength. It incorporates cardiovascular exercises in short alternating periods and paired with short intervals of active rest.

HIIT workouts are characterized by a short but intense burst of physical activity that burns more fat in less time. These exercises are not for the faint of heart because it keeps your heart rate up, so extreme caution is required, and proper guidance is necessary to avoid health problems.

This is where the Keelo comes in. This fitness app caters those who are looking to build their strength, stamina, and endurance. It provides you with 90+ of quick and effective full body workouts that incorporate strength, cardio, and conditioning in one. These movements enhance your bodys cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and central nervous system.

The exercises usually last between seven and twenty minutes. It promises to deliver results if followed religiously per schedule and done three times a week.

The Keelo offers a complete program for beginners and experts and provides instructions from body-weight to gym equipment (dumbbells, barbell, and more) routines. It lets you tick out unavailable equipment and the workout adjusts accordingly.

This app incorporates videos to help keep instructions simple and better to understand. It also keeps track of the areas youve exercised, count calories burned, and it creates a comparison data of your metrics to motivate you to beat your previous score.

The Keelo is free to use for a simple HIIT workout involving jumping jacks, mountain climbers, and jump squats. But a premium subscription of $12.99 per month lets you unlock extra features including chat coaching and a personalized strength and conditioning program complete with warm up and cool down.

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