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Reading During Cardio
writes, "A friend of mine recently asked me, "Trina, are you more or less productive in burning calories when you read on the treadmill or exercise bike?" Unfortunatly, reading during cardio workouts hasn't changed in decades. In fact they now make exercise equipment with high-end book racks to make it easier to read while passing the dreaded cardio time.

I was curious what my Facebook friends thought of this, so I posted the questions, "Do you read while doing cardio? What are the pros and cons?" Here are some of your responses:
1) "I don't have an exercise bike but I do have a treadmill and I'm pretty sure that reading while using it would be incredibly detrimental to my health!"

2) "No, I get that car sick feeling. I crank the iPod."

3) "Treadmills are for hanging your coat on after you've gone for a run."

4) "I read on the elliptical! It's safer than the treadmill."

5) "Who the heck can read & run? That takes some talent. I just put the iPod on and blast."

6) "It's like texting and driving."

7) "If I'm going slow enough to actually be able to read, then I'm not working out hard enough...cardio is all about HIGH heart rate."

8) "I think reading while exercising is futile. How can you focus on the real reason you are there?"

So most of you said you don't read. I wonder if the majority of you who do read just did not want to answer the question in fear of being scolded. But it is okay - I am not knocking the reading idea. In fact I will encourage it if you must. Try bringing a digital reader to the gym, consider adding audio books to your MP3 player. Try using audible downloads - this way you don't have to look down and risk putting your posture into that hunched position. You may also find your pace more determined.

Bottom Line - if your goal is to burn fat it will not happen at a snail's pace. You must crank up the pace and do some intervals at least 3 to 4 times a week.

Trina K Kubitschek, CPT
Owner of CrossFit Station
Nutrition Counseling
Endurance Coaching


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