My DH, who has patiently listened to me go on and on about this blog, walked in the door yesterday saying he had a topic idea for me. So this is for him:)
DH’s Concept of Exercising without Actually Exercising.
Example 1 – Shoveling. We have had more snow in the last couple of weeks than we usually get in the whole season. My wonderful husband has tirelessly shoveled again and again. He shoveled out his mother, who lives 45 minutes away, twice already. He shoveled for vacationing neighbors more than once. He just finished shoveling for the neighbor on our other side, knowing her husband is out of town. He shoveled our deck so he could grill my diet-friendly dinner outside last night. And he has shoveled our driveway time and time again. Heavy snow, drifting snow, ice-packed snow.
I looked at an online calculator and discovered that, at his weight, he is burning over 600 calories per hour! And from his muscle soreness, he knows he is getting a good workout! Added bonus, he tells me, is that while he is shoveling he isn’t snacking. He learned that concept from me:)
Example 2 – Selective Restroom Usage. There has obviously been a lot of talk in my house about weight loss lately. And peeing. Putting those two together in a way I had not imagined, my husband described to me his latest exercise revelation. Go to the bathroom furthest away and burn a few calories on the journey. It works best when he is in the basement and climbs up two flights to the master bath. But even one flight in either direction is more than just taking 10 steps to the nearest toilet. I was impressed by this idea. Especially since I am one who, if I am on the middle floor and know I need to visit both the top and bottom floors, will always go up first so the double flights in the middle are on the way down! Why is it that despite daily workouts I am still tired from one short flight of stairs?
Lest you think my husband is normally a lazy man – let me share that he usually works out everyday. Longer and harder than I do. This summer he and I would ride bikes together for over two hours at a stretch, then he would come home and lift weights while I sat, worn out, with my feet up. Cardio and strength on the same day? Not me.
What can we all take away from my husband’s wisdom? Look for ways to burn extra calories in your daily life. Do as experts say and take the stairs, not the escalator. Park further from the store. Put away the TV remote. Pace while you are talking on the phone. Fidget. All are proven to burn calories.
Gotta run. Time to follow his example and hike my way to the furthest potty:) He has already headed out to shovel yet again.