In your everyday life you do activities that burn fat. You may not realise vacuuming the house or washing the car is actually doing you good. The fact is you can get in great shape simply by incorporating a little extra movement into your day, whether you are at home, work or even out shopping.
Use the following table for inspiration. It all adds up!!
|Activity||Kilojoules burned per half hour*||What it means in food|
|Ironing||260||1 small banana|
|Making beds||290||1 small potato|
|Scrubbing floors||840||1 cup cooked pasta|
|Vacuuming||370||250ml skim milk|
|Gardening (planting and weeding)||630||2 thin slices grainy bread|
|Mowing grass||840||120g chicken, no skin|
|Washing / polishing car||483||1 cup wheat flake cereal|
|Hanging out the washing||504||160ml wine|
|OUT AND ABOUT|
|Walking the dog (brisk)||945||Medium chocolate bar|
|Grocery shopping (1/2 hour)||370||1 large egg|
|Window shopping (1 hour)||315||1 medium orange|
* For a 68 kilogram person. Adjust the kilojoule figures up or down slightly if you weigh more or less than this.
- There is so much variety when you start looking into the different forms of exercise options – whether you want to exercise indoors or outdoors.
- If you prefer indoors, Fitness Centres provide a number of fitness and lifestyle classes to suit everyone.
- If you choose outdoors, and you don’t enjoy jogging, try beach volleyball, touch football or yoga.
- Remember to choose a form of exercise that you will enjoy – that way you will be more likely to stick to it!
- Try and vary your exercise routine so you don’t get bored.
- Have set days when you commit to exercise – success will come from balance and consistency.
- Make it social – if you find it hard to get motivated, make exercise a social occasion. Why not catch up with your friends for a brisk walk rather than a coffee? Or take up a team sport which can become a social event.
- Set measurable targets – Whether your goal is in minutes, centimetres, kilos or kilometres, keep a diary of your improvement for a great boost of confidence.
- Set a realistic weight loss goal eg 0.5kg per week.
- Always have a warm-up and cool-down period of at least 5-10 minutes.
- Ensure you drink plenty of water during your exercise for hydration.