In the middle of this holiday season, as weíre all struggling not to gain, weíre seeing many articles and tips on strategies for weight control. One theme Iíve been seeing is to inject more activity into our days, and itís not just parking a little farther from the entrance.
If youíre looking for examples and ideas for increasing your daily calorie burn without exercising, hereís an article that provides lots of details.
My first reaction was WOW!!! It IS possible to burn a lot of calories by not taking the labor- or time-saving route. But then I noticed that some of the activities were not daily. So, my NEXT reaction led me to wonder if I actually had time to spend all these calories. After all, if we had the time, weíd be doing some of this stuff anyway, wouldnít we?
So, I looked at the extra daily calories expended and added up the extra time it would take to expend these calories. The result: burning 370 more calories took an extra 130 minutes Ė more than 2 hours!
I donít know about you, but I can easily burn that in the gym in an hour, or perhaps a wee bit more.
On the other hand, even though certain tasks might require more time, isnít it worth it to take better care of ourselves? Investing some extra time in preparing good, healthful, tasty food or walking the dog can be relaxing and stress-reducing, all part of my plan to become more balanced.
So, Iím taking a hard look at how I move through the day, so that I can figure out where Iím taking a shortcut just because itís THERE rather than because I need it for some other reason. And if I can see that the Ďlong cutí might be better for my patience, or relationships, or balance, Iíll take it. Thereís nothing to lose except calories and a few minutes!