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Exercising with Everyday Tasks

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

You don't have to go to the gym or run to get exercise as I just found out. Over our long weekend (July 1st for Canada), we've been cleaning out the basement. The exercise tracker lists "moving boxes" and boy is it a lot of calories. We had bags for the garbage and a car full of heavy boxes for the thrift store. Not to mention the stuff moved to another part of the basement. I got to over 600 calories spent at exercise!
I'm also spending calories gardening and even the "super clean for company" counts.
I also counted walking around the mall at a brisk pace not finding shorts and walking back to the car at the farmers' market with heavy bags (Talk about strength training!)
The Spark guidelines say to not include regular errands or light housework, so I don't. But anything out of the ordinary, it goes into my count because, let's face it, it's been a long time since I cleaned the basement!
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  • TRACI175
    I make sweeping and mopping the floors as athletic as possible to help burn calories. I do the same thing when I scrub the shower :) I also took over mowing the yard because a half hour of that is like 300 calories burned! Every little thing counts. Keep up the good work!

    2116 days ago
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