First, thank you all for the warm birthday wishes! It was a good day. I got home, feeling pretty sore and worn out so instead of the gym, I took a nap. I figured a rest day is good. Tonight, I'm hitting my first Zumba class in a year! Had goulash and some fantastic oreo thingie for my birthday dinner with my mom and family. It was a nice evening. So moving on...
Found this little gem...good, bad, and just plain dumb.
Ways to Torch 200 Calories
Full article is here. Here we go with my thoughts....
Dancing - 37 minute dance party - The only thing dumb about this is they suggest doing it at your house. No one lets loose when there's 5 of you. Go to a club!
Make over your house - painting walls, etc. Totally believe this. Always sore after painting a room...you feel it in your arms.
40 minutes of badminton - I just like saying the word "shuttlecock." :)
Putt Putt - I love me some miniature golf!
Yardwork - oh yeah!
Hopscotch & trampoline - PLAY with your kids! Seriously...I like this one not only for the physical benefits but for the bonding with your children aspect as well as teaching them to be active and healthy in a fun way so they don't struggle with their weight as so many of us have.
Yoga - this is fair but I thought the point was to find things outside of working out?
Sex - OK...I know this always sounds like a good idea but read carefully - "Hit the gym with your mate for a healthy dose of exercise—you burn about 100 calories in 30 minutes of weightlifting—then dive between the sheets and torch another 100 with an hour of foreplay and vigorous sex." Yes...I put the whole description up there. First...who wants to hit the gym for an hour and then go have sex?? Especially if you're married with kids and second, an HOUR???? I don't know about all of you but I can rarely keep the heart rate up for a whole hour if you know what I mean. It's late, I'm tired...Notice how young the people in the picture are? Just sayin'. This is NOT an effective way to burn calories unless you're Draz and Rambo (yes...totally just called you out because I know of no other married couple that do it as often and as exciting as you two).
70 minutes playing darts at a bar. This is stupid because we all know you're drinking at that bar and will most likely stay for more than hour, probably consuming more than 200 calories while you're there.
Shop it off
Hit the end-of-summer sales—you'll torch 11 calories for every outfit you try on. - Whatever...this is assuming you eat NOTHING all day and are power walking to every store. And you have to try on 20 full outfits to get the benefit. Whatevs.
Charades - this is stretching it as you only do it for a couple minutes and then sit. It has to be really ACTIVE charades...
And just "Really???" kind of suggestions:
Furniture moving...for 30 minutes. Really???
Throw a barbecue, but first vacuum, sweep the patio, and straighten up." Here's what bugs me about this. Cleaning your house...great idea! Eat a bunch of bbq food after that to negate everything you just did? Really???
2 hours of Scrabble??
Fidget...that's right...according to this, fidgeters burn 350 more calories than nonfidgeters. Maybe but come on!
So what about you? What are you favorite nonworkouts?