Sunday, May 25, 2014

Daily Routine Calorie Burning

It's finally spring around here and we've been spending a lot of time outside. However, since almost every post has been about exercising outside I thought I'd share with you about how you can count calories burned even on busy days when you don't have time for a "real workout". Check out this article I found about Calories burned doing household chores at

Even when you don't have time to spend 30 mintues on a treadmill, look how many calories you burned doing 30 minutes of these household activities....

In just 30 minutes...

  • Digging in your yard  - apx 315 calories
  • Weeding flower beds - 115 calories
  • Raking leaves - 225 calories
  • Carrying shopping bags (the heavy grocery kind) - 190 calories
  • Making beds - 130 calories
  • Ironing - 70 calories
  • Climbing stairs - 285 calories
  • Painting/Decorating - 160 calories

Loving this motivating poster!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Outnumber Hunger with your Workout

I recently told you about an app to map your walk called Map My Walk. During the month of April "General Mills will contribute 11.1¢ to Feeding America - enough to secure 1 meal on behalf of local food banks - for each 15-minute workout you log with MapMyFitness (limit one workout per day)."  

There are a staggering number of families who are struggling with hunger right here in America. Help provide food for the hungry by logging your workouts. One 15-minute workout a day can provide a meal for someone in need. So log on, register, and start logging those walks, runs, and workouts so we can outnumber hunger in America.

 eding America's network of member food banks is feeding 1 million more Am

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Take a Hike

It's March and we are finally seeing a few hints of spring. Flowers popping up through the earth dressed in their beautiful bright colors. Tree limbs which have been brown and barren and putting on tiny buds of green. The sounds of birds singing fills the warming air. It just makes me want to stay outside.

One of my favorite hobbies is hiking (especially now that we live near mountains). I've always liked walking. It's good exercise to get your body in shape and get your heart rate up but it's also so good for your mind. I love just being outside walking, looking around at nature, clearing my head of any stress, or just thinking through something.

Walking for exercise is good for every BODY. Everyone can benefit from 30 minutes of walking each day. Exercise doesn't have to be hard to be effective. Walking at an incline can be as effective at burning calories as running, and a lot less pounding on the joints and back. You don't need any equipment other than a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes. You can walk anywhere! Walk around your house or yard for 30 minutes. Want climate controlled? Go to the mall and walk while you window shop. Go to a local park or my favorite...find a new trail and take the path less chosen.

Here's some websites that can help you find a new trail to try:

American Heart Association  find a walking path

Trail Link by Rails to Trails Conservancy

All Trails by National Geographic

Also, if your tech-y like that, why not try a walking app. If you have a smart phone or ipod you can download many free walking apps that will track your walk with GPS technology to tell you exactly how far you walked, how long you walked, pace, speed, and even estimated calories burned.

Map My Walk


WalkMeter by Abvio

Okay, so lace up those shoes and take a hike!  This post does not contain any affiliate links. I was not paid to advertise for any service, product or company.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Take It Outside

If you are one of the thousands of people affected by the latest winter storm, you're probably snowed in for a few days. Schools, gyms, and stores are closed. So rather than sit inside watching all the incredibly fit Olympians play in the snow, take yourself outside and play in your own snow! 

My very favorite kind of exercise is the kind that doesn't feel like exercise at all. It's just play, really! But trust me, it will get your heart rate up and you will feel it tomorrow! 

Sledding is great exercise fun. Surprisingly, its not the thrill ride down the hill that gets your heart pounding as much as the hike back up the hill carrying the sled. Add in the extra 5 to 10 pounds of clothes your wearing to stay warm and dry and its really a weight bearing cardio workout! Plus, trying new sled positions challenges muscles you didn't know you had.

Snow Building
Snow building is great fun and also muscle building. Snow is heavy so whatever you're building in the snow, be mindful of your posture to ensure your safety. Keep soft knees as you lean down to roll the snow, and always bend your knees and keep your back straight when you lift heavy snow. 

Step it Up
I love snow in the south. Here in North Carolina, it snowed for almost 24 hrs straight and then it was up to 40 degrees the next day. Of course if it were 12 degrees we wouldn't be enjoying the great outdoors this long, but today it was perfect for hours of fun in the snow. When playing for fitness, endurance is the key. Keep moving to stay warm and also to get your heart rate up. Continuous motion gets your heart rate up, helping rev up your metabolism, burn fat, and build muscle. Having fun playing outdoors makes it not feel so much like a WORKout (until the next day). 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Be Good to Your Sweet Heart

Maybe your New Year's resolutions have fallen by the wayside already with Superbowl party food and cold weather comforts. Everywhere you look in the stores there's pink and red hearts calling to you with the sweet smell of chocolate! Stop for a moment and think about what your heart really needs. 


Here are just a few reminders why you need to be good to your heart:

1. Your heart is the most important muscle in your body!
2. Just 150 minutes (or 30 mins 5 days a week) can reduce your risk of heart disease.
3. Exercise boosts your immunity (it is still flu season after all!)
4. Exercise is a quick way to warm up in the cold weather.
5. Calories out, Calories In! People loose weight by creating a calorie deficit or burning more calories than you consume. Some people exercise so they can eat what they want and maintain their weight. Just saying, if you love to eat balance it out with exercise!

Find what motivates you. Maybe you want to reduce your risk of heart disease because of your family's history. Maybe your trying to lose weight or reduce your cholesterol. Maybe you looked past the valentine's candy and saw all the swimsuits on display and realized swimsuit season is just a few months away! Focus on your goal and don't give up. Even if you don't make it 30 minutes every day, something is better than nothing. 

Get up and get moving!

For those who don't want to venture out in the cold, try this at home commercial workout so you don't miss any of the great Superbowl commercials.

By Stefanie Romine, Spark People Blogger.

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