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Burn Off Holiday Calories!

25 Ideas, No Gym Time Required

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Today I shopped for groceries, carried them in from the car, cleaned the fridge & took a long walk in the woods. Only the latter was aerobic & not much real cardio - that was yesterday on the elliptical. That is what matters to me. We burn calories just breathing & that's already computed. I still need to cut calories to keep losing weight. I'm not quite halfway to my goal but at least back in "(w)onderland" & less than 50 lbs to go. As for holiday stress, I have none. No need to get caught up with spending money on gifts or time w/ people you don't want to be around. Just quiet enjoyment w/ one or a few special individuals. Report
What? No jumping to conclusions? Bah humbug! Report
It really is all about MOVING. Every little bit helps. Report
Pushing car out of ditch. Shoveling snow. Dressing a toddler in a snowsuit. Racing through the airport to make your connection. Report
Pushing car out of ditch. Shoveling snow. Dressing a toddler in a snowsuit. Racing through the airport to make your connection. Report
Nice! Thank you! Report
We should not be encouraging people to hand wash dishes. You actually use up more water that way. This is especially important if you live in a desert. Otherwise, neat list. Report
Mowing grass is listed (which we haven't had done in ages) but shoveling snow is not? C'mon it's December. Report
Very good!
Love the very real humor bits! Report
Love it!
I'll be spending the holiday at my sister's house. They like to go for a walk after every meal, on top of fun playing in the yard with the crazy kids. I'm not worried about not getting my exercise! Report
interesting article, i learned a lot.. Report
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I printed this out to stick on the fridge! Wow - very useful! I'll be doing lots of these today. Report
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I plan on the 'keep on moving' goal today..I vow to not fall prey to the laziness that eating turkey brings..No food coma happening here...Besides knowing that I am a janitor and cleaning 8 hours a day accounts for some sort of activity.This is a very good list for people starting out.Not everyone can do workout videos or hit the gym until the weekends.This gives ideas and hope and even let's people know that everything you do burns calories. Report
I agree with Seawave. Anything that is a general day to day activity may burn calories, but I did not gain weight by not changing the bed linens or letting my husband carry my groceries from the car. Report
While I realize all these little things add up, I just view them as part and parcel of living. For me, intentional exercise is the only thing that makes me feel that sense of accomplishment at having worked out. What I call my "stealth" exercise (10 minutes while I go to the washroom, taking the stairs, etc.) is bonus! Report

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