Use your routine to burn more kilojoules

2014-10-16 00:00

IF the very idea of sweating it out in a gym makes you break out in a cold sweat, the good news is that a fitness solution may be lurking in the broom cupboard, or between the washing lines.

New research indicates that normal daily activities count towards being a part of a regular exercise regimen, Weigh-Less said in a statement.

These activities contribute to weight-management and burning off kilojoules, and there is even an official term for it: non-exercise activity thermogenesis (or Neat), they said.

“Not all of us have hours to invest in a gym or participate in intense sporting activities. But most of us have normal day-to-day activities that, with a little imagination, can be part of a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Without much effort, you can turn mundane chores and tasks into a part of your exercise routine by a little creative manoeuvring. They suggest:

• Mopping, dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing are all vigorous cardio exercises that are good for burning up to 150 calories an hour.

• Tighten your tummy and core by squeezing in your stomach and oblique muscles as you sweep. Keep your back straight, bring the broom bristles as far away as possible and pull in. Do this for five minutes in each room up to three times per day.

• Pick items up off the floor using forward lunges.

• Squeeze in some squats in between grabbing fresh laundry from the basket and putting it up on the line.

• Fold your laundry while balancing on a stability ball or while doing “wall sits”: sit for 30 seconds with your back pressed up against the wall.

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