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There are a number of reasons for this, but here is the biggest factor in our weight struggles.
First – in Europe, everyone pretty much takes the metro or walks everywhere (or a combination there of). They are used to taking public transportation, and that literally becomes their daily form of exercise.
10,000 steps a day is the equivalent of about 5 miles! The average sedentary person walks less than 2,000 – 3,000 steps a day. That is a difference of about 7,000 – 8,000 steps a day – or four miles!
Statistically it has been shown that the average person burns approximately 100 calories per mile traveled. You can walk it or sprint it, and it will be close to the same 100 calories. The biggest difference is the amount of time it will take to walk vs sprint that mile, and how many miles you can get into an allotted amount of time.
But I digress – basically, much of the rest of the world doesn’t have to do nearly as much organized exercise! They walk to the market. They walk to work. They walk to the movies. They are just more active in their day to day life!
Maybe you love the gym. (But I’m guessing if you’re reading this right now, that’s probably not the case.) At Fit in 60, our classes are designed to provide motivation and accountability to see you through those times that you just want to give up!
But if you just can’t bring yourself to get into a gym or one of our studios, we would encourage you to just go for a walk! Take the kids out and walk them to the park. Take your dog out for a walk. If you’re close enough, walk to your local store to pick up that gallon of milk or eggs. Just move!!
That 400 calorie a day difference is almost a pound a week!
You can do it!
Originally from the Midwest, Amy moved to San Diego in 2001. A graduate of Valparaiso University, Amy had been a Financial Advisor since 1997. When Amy began taking Pilates with her neighbor Wendy, in 2006, she fell in love with the method and benefits of the program and knew she wanted to help others achieve their fitness goals. It was not until Amy took her first barre class that she discovered her true passion for fitness. She loved the challenge and energy of each class. And more importantly, she was excited by the results as her body became more toned than through any other workout routine she had tried in the past. Amy would be one of the best testimonials for Fit in 60 Pilates and Barre. In less than a month’s time, attending 4-5 classes a week, Amy went from a size 10/12 to a size 6. She came home one day and told her husband, Mike that “if every girl knew this, every girl would do it.” Amy is passionate about getting to know her clients and provide modifications and corrections to challenge every client, while making classes as safe as possible. Amy lives in Carlsbad with her husband, Mike, and her dog Emma. She loves what she does, and is thrilled to present the Fit in 60 workout to Carlsbad and Carmel Valley and is eager to help women look and feel great!