I said the other day that my “lazy weight loss” workout plan involved the following:
Jumping on a treadmill
Set it on a fast pace
Connect the headphones
Turn the treadmill TV into your favorite program
Walk 3 miles and a half in the next hour watching several consecutive episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Today, I discovered a way to add more results to the workout without doing a lot of extra work:
During commercial breaks, accelerate the treadmill or the high-intensity elliptical exerciser. He does not have to be exhausting. Just add a slope or accelerate at a steady pace.
At the end of the commercial break, resume your usual pace – the pace you can maintain for an hour while American Idol is active. My slow and patented weight loss rhythm (a).
Keep repeating this during all commercial breaks. After an hour, you will have walked much longer – and you will burn more calories – than you ever imagined.
Me? I think with a little practice I can go from 3.5 miles per hour to 4 miles per hour. Yes, as imagined by those who are good at math: that means I would do the 15-minute mile. Exactly … that’s my goal. The mile 15 minutes. I raised the level. 🙂
But frankly, I firmly believe that the best fitness plan is one where you are really going to attack … and I will follow all the plans that allow me to watch E! Television for entertainment all night.
Marie Equi is director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiologic Research CIDER at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. El-Sadr also is a University Professor at Columbia University.