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'Hey, Thatís Exercise!' (Actually, It Might Not Be)

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4/7/2011 10:00 AM   :  53 comments   :  116,933 Views

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From Fitness Magazine

Attention shoppers: Window shopping is not a workout. Which daily tasks do make the cut as exercise? FITNESS Magazine breaks it down here.

Walking
Does It Count? IT DEPENDS
A leisurely stop-and-shop visit to the mall won’t get your heart rate up to the cardio zone and keep it there. What does? A walk at a peppy pace of at least three miles per hour done in chunks of 10 minutes or more. Still, adding up steps at any speed is smart since studies show that those who take more of them are healthier. In one recent study, participants who increased their daily step count over five years not only lowered their body mass index (or BMI, a scale body weight), they lowered their risk of diabetes. Researchers estimate that going from 3,000 to 10,000 steps a day would improve a person’s insulin sensitivity threefold.

Cleaning the House
Does It Count? YES
There's a reason they call it housework, honey. You can burn serious calories and work major muscle groups during a marathon cleaning session—mopping floors for 30 minutes burns 112 calories and works your shoulders and biceps. Chores that don’t get your heart pumping? Folding laundry, ironing and washing the dishes.

Walking Your Dog
Does It Count? YES
You have to walk your dog anyway, so bump up the workout with this little game: When you're in your yard or a fenced-in park, get a head start on your dog so it's chasing you. Then change direction so it races for you again. Try walking for three minutes and then sprinting for 30 seconds. Chase your pup five times every doggy outing, and you'll burn 98 calories per 20-minute stroll.

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  • 3
    I was in a Weight Watchers meeting when the Leader said that you get exercise points for riding a motorcycle. Are you kidding me?! And yes, that's MOTORcycle, not bicycle. She was a motorcycle enthusiast. - 4/7/2011   10:41:43 AM
  • 2
    I walk to and from work most every day, which is 2.5 miles each way. It always takes me about 45 minutes . . . and the math shows that equals exactly 3 miles an hour! Good thing, because I always count it towards my daily exercise haha. - 4/7/2011   10:26:25 AM

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