Monday, August 31, 2009
Okay, this blog and tomorrow's are the last two tips that I find helpful to me. In an article in Women's Health with the above title, I found a few reasons I may not be losing weight despite good eating and exercise. One has to do with my stagnant energy which I'm getting help with acupuncture treatments. Some of these tips would not work for me that I've listed in previous blogs (the a/c setting and low goal), but the others are worth my attention. Thought I'd share with my SPfriends.
Roadblock number 9: You take a three-minute drive to run an errand two blocks from home.
Whatís wrong with that? Labor-savers like automobiles decrease the amount of calories you burn daily. Get this: research recently showed that car-happy suburb dwellers have higher BMIs (Body Mass Indexes) and blood pressure levels than people who reside in urban areas where walking is necessary for day-to-day tasks. Oh, and the studied suburbanites weighed six pounds more. The average American now drives 73 minutes daily and uses the car for almost 90 percent of trips regardless of distance. We walk or bike on errands only 6 percent of the time!
Detour: Itís not just cars that are making us fat. Elevators, computers, dishwashers, and plenty of other machines have all decreased the amount of energy we expend daily. Saving time is great; getting chubby, not so much. We're not suggesting that you get rid of your TV remote, Facebook page, or even your new energy-efficient Prius.
Instead, buy a pedometer and aim to get 10,000 steps daily. You can burn 200 calories, and rack up a major amount of steps, by taking a 30 minute-stroll to get your morning coffee. Do this for just over two weeks and youíll lose a pound (3,500 calorie deficit = a one pound loss).
Performing simple chores rather than hiring someone else to do them will also help you rack up steps and burn calories. For example, a 140-pound woman can burn quite a few calories in 30 minutes with these activities:
Leisurely bike ride to the post office: 254 calories
Weeding your garden: 143 calories
Cleaning the house (dusting, taking out the trash, straightening up): 95 calories (if you vacuum: 111 calories)
Bathing your dog: 173 calories
Walking quickly to meet your friend for lunch: 200 calories