Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Archery, Zorbing, and Losing 40 Pounds

It must be the manager in me, but while I was on the treadmill this past weekend at my local gym, Sports, Fitness, & Fun in Florida, New York, I worked out a little health and fitness math.

Between my visits to the gym and my workouts at Northeastern Martial Arts Academy, I exercise an average of 4.5 times each week. Based on the calorie counters on the elliptical, treadmill, and stationary bike, I conservatively estimate that I burn 600 calories during each visit. That works out to 2,700 calories a week or, get this, 140,400 (2700 calories X 52 weeks) calories in a year!

According to CaloriesPerHour.com, a person must burn about 3,500 calories to lose one pound of fat. Conversely, consuming 3,500 calories in excess of the body's calorie needs will result in one pound of fat gained. Considering I burn 140,400 calories at the gym a year and my body loses a pound every time I burn 3,500 calories, then I eliminate approximately 40.1 pounds of fat every year (140,400 calories/3,500 per pound). In other words, if I hadn't exercised at the gym during the past twelve months, I would be more than 40 pounds heavier!

What works for the single dad works for his children, too. While the specific numbers may be different for a child or teenager than an adult, the calculus and the theory are the same. According to The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the "prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 - 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008." So, an active lifestyle for father and children, which includes a balanced and consistent diet, proper rest, and exercise keeps the single father family healthier and happier.

Regular exercise for children in the form of after school activities ranging from tennis to taekwondo and from archery to zorbing contributes to that healthy lifestyle. Check out more ideas for fun family activities as well as healthy, easy-to-make recipes in The Single Father's Guide to Life, Cooking, and Baseball.

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