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Everyday Ways to Boost Your Calorie Burn

Think ''Fit'', Not ''Fast''


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  • A good Plan..............Thanks.
  • EXCELLENT article! Thanks so much for posting this, because I never know how to "guess-timate" how many calories I am burning in regular activity like you mentioned. Sure wish someone would post a graph we could print out on what the average calorie burn is on things mentioned above & others too.
    hint hint, wink nudge! Thanks for all the great tips!
    I love these ideas! I already do most of them because I am frugal, lol. I also use a hand (push reel type) lawnmower. It is fabulous exercise and doesn't take any longer than using a motorized mower, plus I never need to get gas or have it serviced professionally So it saves time and money too! Win-Win!
  • Exactly!!! Great blog.
  • Couldn't put my clothes out on a clothesline because I am allergic to the trees around here.
  • I've been hanging my laundry out for years, because I love the way they feel, it's energy efficient, and it keeps me busy. Had no idea this was a fit way to do things, but that's just another reason to keep it up! (plus, hey, there's no outlet for a dryer in my house! lol)
  • I don't use a leaf blower. I use a broom and rake. I pull weeds. I don't spray them with chemicals. I brush cobwebs off my house. I don't waste water by spraying them with a hose. I do everything I saw my grandmother doing, because I now know the importance of doing things her way.
    I already do all these things (except for washing my car, because I don't own one). Some other article on this site stated that the calories burned by household chores are overrated. Which should I believe?
  • Love all these fab "old-fashioned" tips. I remember helping my grandma hang clothes in the backyard on a clothesline. Do they even sell clothespins anymore? LOL
  • Often these things (and others like them) are not only "fitter" but faster as well, when you figure in the time used to GET to where you are having the "service" done.
    The other day I had to take a bus from my suburb to the city. I also hasd to get my exercise in. In the end I walked to the city, and it took me no longer than waiting for the bus+bus ride time.
  • The car wash does a better job of getting the dirt off the car, and as long as you stick to touchless, you don't end up with fine scratches on the clearcoat. Hand washing = scratches. Scratches = BAD. Assuming, of course, that you give a rat's hat about that sort of thing.
    I drive through the touchless, but then I take'er home and wax'er by hand. I like her to GLEAM.
    when your poor all these "old fashioned fit ways' are just a part of life.
  • Three cheers for doing things the "old-fashioned" way! It's the way we live our live here in the country. I don't own a dishwasher, I wash our car with hose and buckets, I walk to our mailbox (6/10's mile total to and from), I hang out my clothes whenever the weather allows (there is nothing better in life than going to bed on fresh-washed, line dryed sheets!!!), I push-mow our yard (I do cheat in using self-propelled) - it takes hours and hours to do, but such a good feeling, I use a hoe in the garden, I rake grass and leaves, etc. etc. etc. I should be about as fit as they come. It was fun for me to read an article here on SP that I finally felt like "Finally, I measure up to something!!!" (and can even brag a little!)

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