If you want to lose weight, you have to exercise and, as we all know, just the word exercise conjures up all kinds of torturous things like sweating and breathing really hard and jumping up and down and, quite possibly, dying.
If that concerns you, here's some good news: Improving your health requires much less effort. In fact, all you really have to do is move around more throughout the day. Of course there's a study about this which was published in Science. In the study, experts compared self-described lean couch potatoes and overweight couch potatoes and found that the overweight folks sat an average of 164 minutes longer than the leaner subjects. The leaner folks actually burned an extra 350 calories per day just by moving around more. 350 calories is almost like a workout, y'all.
Of course, that isn't the only contributor to weight gain, but isn't it intriguing to think that spontaneous movement could make a difference in your waistline?
So, just like those extra food calories can add up to weight gain, those extra calories you burn just by getting out of the chair more often can add up to weight loss over time. The question now is, how could you be more active today? I have some ideas for you:
|Instead of:||Do this:|
|Sitting at your desk (24 calories)||Stand while you work (37 calories)|
|Hiring a landscaper (0 calories)||Cut your own grass with a pushmower (96 calories)|
|Sitting and reading (16 calories)||Read while doing some light stretches (40 calories)|
|Emailing a co-worker (23 calories)||Take a walk and talk to them in person (40 calories)|
|Watching TV (15 calories)||Go bowling (48 calories)|
|Walking to the closest bathroom (40 calories)||Take the stairs to one on a different floor (98 calories)|
(Numbers are for 10 minutes of activity for a 160-lb person).
So, what could you do today to burn a few extra calories? Make a list and try to do at least 3 things on it by the end of the day.