First off, do you remember this kid? He was Renee Zellweger’s son in the movie Jerry Maguire. Well look at him now!! WOWZERS! It’s honestly a little weird to see him now. I want to remember him as that cute little kid who asked a gazillion questions.
So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the calories we burn throughout the day. For me, it’s easy to only think about the calories I burn when I’m working out and I fail to remember that I burn calories in everything I do. Lets look at yesterday for example…
- Got ready for work (walking around apartment, packing bag and lunch, showering, and getting dressed)
- Walked to the metro train (12 minute walk)
- Walked down the escalator at the train station
- Walked up the escalator at my transfer station and then walked down the platform to the front of the train
- Walked up 2 escalators at my final destination train station
- Walked from the bus stop to my office (5 minute walk)
- Walked around the office throughout the day (to the copy room, to the bathroom, and to others’ offices)
- Walked down two escalators at the train station to head home
- Walked down escalator at my transfer station
- Walked up escalator at final destination train station
- Walked home from the metro (12 minute walk)
Thankfully, my commute keeps me moving in the morning and after work but my time at work and at home are quite sedentary. At work, I sit in front of my computer in my office chair for @ least 7 hours a day. It’s rare that I take a lunch away from my desk, sadly, so I usually spend my lunch break sitting down as well.
Once home last night I…
- Got changed
- Cooked dinner
- Did graduate work (sat at my desk for 2 hours)
- Walked around Target (30 minutes)
- Watched TV with Neal (sat in front of the TV for 2 hours)
Now I have no idea how many calories I burn in a day, though I’d love to find out, but I know there are things I can do to increase my calories burn. Over the next two days, I am going to talk about ways in which we can increase our calorie burn without having to spend more time at the gym.
As a teaser, I’d like to share what I learned from Weight Watchers Tuesday night. In this week’s Weight Watchers newsletter, a few tips were given for burning calories while watching TV.
- “Treat half-hour sitcoms as fitness sessions” — Warm up during the opening credits, create a circuit to do while the show is on (squats, biceps curls, calf raises, flies, etc.), and do an ab circuit during commercials.
- “Assign an exercise to each character on a show” — this is my FAVORITE idea of theirs! Take Modern Family for example, any time Phil is on screen you may do biceps and when Cam is on your screen you do calf raises. I think this exercise is fun and allow you to get creative! You can also have certain show focus on certain parts of your body, Modern Family for upper body and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for lower body.
- Watch TV on a stability ball! This will work out your core muscles and also allow you to do various abs moves during commercial breaks.
Little changes, such as these, can make a big impact to our daily calorie burn. I hope that these tips/ideas are ones you can implement and enjoy. Happy calorie burn!
Stay tune for Burning Calories: Part 2 on Friday.
Filed under: Weight Loss
Like this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!