When I was using my Bodybugg, I found that I often burned more calories doing things like shopping, cleaning, running errands etc. than I did spending the whole day being sedentary at work and then hitting the gym for an hour.
While it's important to get your heart rate up for cardiovascular health, a lot of calories can be burned just doing everyday tasks.
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Keeping our bodies moving throughout the day is as important as going to the gym 3 times a week, maybe more so. At the top of every hour (my watch beeps) I am reminded to go move for 5 min. (yardwork, laundry, walk dog, or wrestle kids. I am always surprised to have more energy throughout the day.
This could fall under Motivation, Exercise, Staying Heatlhy, Getting Started or Around the House. You can apply the same technique if you sit at a desk all day - so important to keep your body moving. Set the timer for 5 min at the top of every hour (or whatever works for you).
While you do things at home or work, add some strength training, stretching or cardio moves to what you are already doing. While brushing teeth you can do leg lifts; while talking on the phone grab a hand weight for curls; while cleaning add some dance or cardio moves; while sitting at the computer add stretches or leg lifts. Take stock of your daily activities and have fun trying to add little moves to keep yourself moving throughout the day!
I do several things to keep on moving throughout the day - I always walk to a co-workers desk to talk to them, about every 30-60 minutes I make sure I get up and move by taking a walk around the office floor then going up the stairs to the next floor-walking to the other side-take the stairs down and back to my desk, at lunch I always fit in walking outside regardless of the weather for a minimum of 20 minutes, and I power walk to the train station which is about .87 miles from my office.
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