Starting today and over the next two weeks, I will stage a comparison of two approaches to a daily workout. From May 1 to May 7, each day I will do 30 minutes of steady state cardio using a stair stepper. I will wear a heart rate strap and will work toward my usual high rate of the low 160s. I am a 54 year old female and by the various Max Heart Rate calculations, the low 160s is a target at the higher range of conditioning.
From May 8 to May 14, I will do TWO daily bouts of 15 minutes each instead, morning and then late day or early evening. I am expecting that I will be able to maintain a higher intensity because I will be working for less time and I expect that my overall calorie burn for the day should be higher. But how much higher? That’s the question I’m hoping to answer!
I will be using a version 3 BodyBugg and, while I generally do not count calories, I will keep my daily diet fairly stable over the next two weeks. I eat a rather simple diet as it is.
The stepper I’ll be using is the Stamina SpaceMate. It’s amazingly inexpensive for how sturdy it is. I highly recommend it! I grew to appreciate the benefits of stair climbing after I got into climbing my building but I did get tired of feeling “cooped up” in the stairwell and the flights are just seven steps each requiring two turns for each floor. I also would have to stop at the top and take the elevator back down to start again and I wanted to keep my heart rate up so I’ve bought my own stair climber.
At my age and given that I work at home, I am finding that my daily calorie burn tends to be low. It’s made managing my weight that much more of a challenge. I am also peri-menopausal and hormonal changes can have an impact on weight. Which approach to daily cardio will be a more efficient and effective use of my time? The next two weeks will tell! I will write up a full report in two weeks but I’ll Tweet my daily calorie burn @powerfulhunger