More and more doctors are prescribing exercise to their patients. In fact, one out of every three American adults has recently got one. This is important since the wide majority of patients actually listen to their doctors.
If this happened to you, don’t panic. It’s not that bad. Most people view exercise as something you do at the gym or as something outside of the normal daily routine. In reality, exercise can be something as simple as cleaning the house, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking farther away from your destination so you have to walk a few extra minutes. The great news is, when it comes to weight loss, your body cannot tell the difference. For the most part, a calorie is a calorie. The intensity of the effort is a measure of how fast you will burn calories. However, the total amount of calories burned depends on how long you keep up the effort.
This is a great thing. Any physical activity has been shown to provide substantial health benefits. The risk of heart disease, depression, diabetes, and other chronic diseases are lowered by exercise. Currently, only 30% of all American get the recommended amount of daily activity.
There are a number of things you can add to your daily routine to help you burn calories. They are small, simple steps that will help you burn a few more calories every day if you can incorporate them into your daily routine. A daily routine is defined as a task that requires less than an additional 15 minutes a day to accomplish, so, in short, incorporating such activities is completely doable. Let’s take a look at how this can be done.
In order for 155lb person to burn approximately 50 calories/day, he or she could:
- Clean the house: 15 minutes of doing the dishes (rather than using the dishwasher), folding and putting laundry away, sweeping and/or dusting can make a dent if it becomes part of your everyday routine.
- Park farther away: Add 15 minutes of light walking (in comfortable shoes of course) and burn nearly 50 calories.
- Play with your kids and/or pets: 15 minutes a day would be good for all of you. A walk would also be a beneficial alternative.
- Take the stairs: Even walking up and down stairs burns calories. You can burn 50 calories if you can find a way to use the stairs for 10 minutes.
- Mow your lawn: Believe it or not, 10 minutes of mowing (push) burns over 50 calories. There are a number of other outdoor hobbies, such as gardening/weeding, which can achieve the same results.
- Get out of your desk chair: Take the scenic route to the copier, restroom, your assistant’s desk or coffee machine. Don’t stay idle at your desk all day.
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