Society has generally adopted a sedentary lifestyle, one which is heavily correlated with the increase in overweight and obesity. This has been found to be associated with the high rates of heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and many other diseases. As part of the remedy, experts recommend exercise. Most people dread exercise and find it hard to commit to regular sessions. You’ll be happy to know, however, that you can burn calories doing everyday tasks.
While cars have allowed far more freedom and mobility to get from A to B, society has become overly reliant on them, decreasing the opportunity to get exercise through simple tasks like walking. In a fast-moving world, it makes no sense to most to take a 30 minute walk when you can take a five minute drive. Taking a walk instead of driving can be a relaxing way to burn a few calories. Here are some suggestions for opportunities to burn calories through walking:
- If you drive to work, park the car a few blocks away so that you have to walk a reasonable distance to and from the car.
- If you take public transport, get off a few stops before your normal stop and walk the rest of the way.
- If the grocery store isn’t too far away and you’re going to pick up just a few items, walk instead of taking the car.
Research has shown that you can burn between 120 and 222 calories per hour by walking. This of course depends on your weight and how fast you’re walking.
Ban yourself from ever taking the elevator or escalator. Take the stairs instead. While you’re doing that, you’ll also be giving yourself a good thigh, calf and butt work. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
Playing with Your Children
Both you and your kids can reap the benefits of exercise from playing. This will also get the kids away from the TV or computer. There are many games to keep yourselves entertained while you burn calories. Games like tag, jump rope, hop scotch or ball games will have you breaking a sweat, but also spending quality time with you children.
Mowing the Lawn
Technology has developed to make life easier, but it’s made life just a little too easy. In gaining convenience, the opportunity to engage in sufficient physical activity needed to be healthy has been lost. To increase the opportunity to participate in more physical activity, going back to the old way of doing things wouldn’t be a bad idea. This could include using a hand/push mower instead of a gas one.
Wash the Car
It’s all too easy to sit through a car wash and come out of the other end with a squeaky clean car in minutes. However, this automated method takes away another opportunity for physical activity. You can burn calories by washing the car yourself. Get some soap and water and wash with vigor – you’ll definitely be burning calories while you’re at it.
There are plenty of ways to engage in physical activity through everyday tasks. Look at them opportunities to burn calories and improve your health, rather than as a form of punishment.