As national obesity rises, it is becoming more important to get off the couch and live less sedentary lives. Gym memberships cost a lot of money, and there isn’t always time to get to the gym. Luckily, there are ways to start staying fit without technically working out. Does this sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t. Before there were gyms or Pilates or yoga DVDs, people got most of the exercise they needed by doing their daily work. In some societies, there are still people who get all the exercise they need from hunting their food. Luckily, we don’t need to go to that extreme in our culture, but there are some easy ways to increase your productivity and the calories you burn each day without spending money or extra time at a gym.
Below is a list of productive activities that will help you burn a significant amount of calories each day. They might also add to your sense of accomplishment and set a good example for other members of the family. The information provided below was obtained using the calorie burning calculator on healthstatus.com. All of the calories below have been calibrated for a person who weighs 150 pounds and performs the activity for 20 minutes. If you weigh less than that, expect to burn fewer calories. The opposite is true if you weigh more.
Cooking: 60 calories. Not only do you benefit from not eating fast food, but you actually burn calories by cooking your own meals. If you harvested the veggies you’re cooking, you’ve burned even more calories!
Gardening: 123. Spending time planting, harvesting, or weeding in your garden pays huge dividends. If you have a vegetable garden, you’ll be getting twice the benefits by burning calories and eating right.
Housework: 66 calories. Doing 20 minutes of chores each day can add up to about 400 calories – that equals almost an entire meal per week.
Ironing: 51 calories.
Mopping: 102 calories.
Mowing the lawn: 99 calories.
Putting away groceries: 60 calories.
Raking the lawn: 90 calories.
Rearranging the furniture: 150 calories. Spruce up your living room and your body at the same time!
Shoveling snow: 138 calories.
Washing the dishes: 51 calories.
These are just a few common activities that are easy to incorporate into your fitness plan. Sometimes getting motivated to go to the gym is difficult, and some days it’s just impossible with all the other things going on in life. The list above does not represent a completely balanced fitness plan, but it is a good way to start for those who might be struggling. The key to good fitness is to live a less sedentary lifestyle and to eat right. By engaging in some of the regular household tasks above, you can take the first few steps to a healthier lifestyle, and it’s a fitness plan that the whole family can take part in. Your body and your house will look better before you know it. Cheers!