|2009 winter run in Wausau, WI|
The winter storms had offered a reprieve and it was sunny and 27. A light layer of winter running apparel was enough. I ran the plowed greenway sections and then incorporated an around town loop to make up for the woods trails I can't get to. Ninety minutes later, mission accomplished.
Simple math told me I had to get outdoors. MyPlate.com does a wonderful job of calculating calories burned via exercise; 90 minutes at a 10 minute pace delivers a whopping 1525 calories. Add that to my daily 30 minute walk across campus and back and I'm burning 1754 calories.
Now, let's contrast that with a gym workout. I can sum up elliptical, rowing, stationary bike and/or treadmill and barely crack 1000 calories. Let's put that as a 500 calorie deficit per day x 7 = 3500 calories. So, converting to indoor workouts (diet remaining the same) puts a fatty fat fat pound of blubber on me each week.
Grabbed a Men's Health magazine while traveling a couple of weeks ago. Noted an article from a physician who stated that a person's optimum weight is whatever one weighed when a freshman in high school. That got the old brain churning...should master man set that mark as a goal for 2011? My number is 153 pounds. It would take a huge piece of mind power and a change in body set point to make that journey.
So how close are you to your high school weight? Any chance we should make a pact and go for it?