Yesterday afternoon I was standing in the kitchen doing “push-ups” against the counter. My two little guys came in and said, “What are you doing? Is that exercise?” I laughed and said, “I call it a counter push-up.” My little boys and I then had a conversation about how they move all day long and then my 5-year old said, “I guess everything is exercise.”
I agreed with him and then I realized how right he was. If you aren’t sleeping or sitting on your bottom, then every movement you make throughout the day burns a few calories and keeps your metabolism elevated. That is important any time of the year, but particularly during the holiday season when food and social occasions abound.
Here’s a list of calories burned doing some everyday activities from the Harvard Medical School.
Activity, at 125 lbs, 155 lbs and 185 lbs – 30 minutes
|Standing in line||38||47||56|
|Child-care: bathing, feeding, etc.||105||130||155|
|Food Shopping: with cart||105||130||155|
|Playing w/kids: moderate effort||120||149||178|
|Heavy Cleaning: wash car, windows||135||167||200|
|Child games: hop-scotch, jacks, etc.||150||186||222|
|Playing w/kids: vigorous effort||150||186||222|
|Moving: household furniture||180||223||266|
|Moving: carrying boxes||210||260||311|
You can see that everything counts when it comes to burning calories – even standing in line – which I totally hate. Now I can kinda “enjoy” the line standing experience realizing that for my weight I burn about 47 calories just standing there. I guess that’s better than nothing.
As you go throughout your day, I challenge you to find ways to stay busy and moving. Stand when you can, walk instead of riding and keep a set of hand weights near your desk, television or under your kitchen counter.
Do you have any strategies to keep moving and staying active this time of year? Diane