Fast Way: Load the dishwasher and push start.
Fit Way: Wash your dishes by hand.
Before you run away screaming, listen to this: Just 30 minutes of dishwashing burns 70 calories! Get your family involved for a great opportunity for conversation; if you’re solo, turn on some music and make it fun. With you powering the scrubbers, you’ll save money on your electric bill and extend the lifetime of your dishwasher too.
Fast Way: Drop the kids off at the mall so you can go to the gym.
Fit Way: Go for a hike together.
This substitution packs more than fat-burning power. You’ll bond with your kids, get closer to nature, and fill your lungs with fresh, clean oxygen to boot. Plus you’ll burn almost 400 calories an hour. At that rate, you can just cross the gym off of your list for the day.
Fast Way: Use a leaf blower (or hire a lawn service to rake those leaves).
Fit Way: Jump into your self-raked leaf pile.
When raking leaves torches 126 calories per half hour, why would you pay someone to work out for you?
Fast Way: Dry your clothes in the dryer.
Fit Way: Hang your laundry out to dry.
Next time you’re at the supermarket, take a walk down the laundry aisle. You’ll see a plethora of “outdoor” scents like mountain fresh, summer breeze, and spring rain, all to make your laundry smell as if it actually was dried in the fresh air. If you go for the genuine scent by actually hanging your clothes out to dry, you’ll burn calories, save on energy consumption, and save money by skipping the dryer sheets.
These are just some ideas to get you started. “Thinking fit” will burn more calories, save you money, and may even improve your relationships. Chances are, you might even have fun with these fit alternatives, or at the very least, gain an appreciation for how easy you really have it. Think fit, not fast!