04 Oct Our MILE System!
Good Monday Morning friends!
We just had another AWESOME question come in … this one on our Mile System! How do we measure a Mile in our style of walking?
We measure “miles” by matching the “beats per minute” of the music …. to “miles per hour” – the speed of walking.
Years ago – at my Fitness Center – when I was designing my Group Exercise Classes – I would count every beat in a song from the radio! Then I would walk on a treadmill to check how many “miles per hour” that song was paced at. Whew … it took a long time to get a full list of songs that fit the pace of the class and also the many variations in speed during the 1 hour class! From a slow Warm Up pace to a SPEEDY aerobic pace … engineering music to make a great class is every Instructors challenge! Thankfully … I don’t have to walk on a treadmill to convert speeds anymore …. now that I think of those old days …. I was more fit …. hmmmm more testimony to how “technology” has taken physical movement out of our day! Now I convert pace … with my computer …. the blessings and the challenges of modern day!!!!!!
The music in our DVD workouts is intended as a tool for keeping the right pace – the right pace for a “warm up” – the right pace for “fat burning” – the right pace for “aerobic fitness” – the right pace for Cool Downs – the right pace for stretching …. and on and on!
In the walks you’ll hear me remind those that are “new” to our walks – that we don’t use music to “dance” to … but only to keep the walking pace … it’s a tool for me – the leader – to keep the workout moving at the speed that gets us the most benefit for aerobic conditioning – which leads to great health ….. and the speed for high calorie burning – which leads to weight loss!
And just a note on using Pedometers during our walks ……. because our movements are “in place” during some of the workout – like “Knee Lifts” – a pedometer will not always register each step. We put alot of time into the “pace” of the music so that you are getting a workout that is similar to the Miles we calculate – and to that point … I have to mention …. our walks use more muscle in more directions than traditional walking …. our MILES are SUPER MILES!!!!
Thanks for asking the SUPER QUESTIONS my walkers!
On this rainy Monday in PA … I am off to do the 3 Fast Miles DVD from the Walk Slim series …. happy miles everybody!