-Like us moms don’t already have enough to do.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims that women will gain weight with age unless they lower their caloric intake or get in a hefty 6o MINUTES of exercise EACH DAY! Are they serious? Workout 60 minutes to maintain? Let’s talk about the word maintain, because they’re certainly not talking about sanity maybe they’re talking about resentment. I will definitely maintain resentment toward these researchers for publishing this horrifying news.
The truth is, I know few moms who can get in a daily shower, let alone the current 30 minutes of suggested workout time; now they’ve decided to double it? That’s it, I’m boycotting. Oh yeah, I’ll show them, I’m gonna halt activity all together. Yep, I’ll lead a completely sedentary life; only frequenting places that have valet and those electric carts inside, to ride on. When I’m home, I’ll call on my children to do everything from bring momma a glass of water to turn the channel on the TV, (that’s right, I won’t even push a button on a remote.) Not only that, but I’m going to eat whatever I like. Well, technically I’ll eat whatever my children are willing to bring me, but I’ll request buckets of straight lard, I mean McDonalds at every meal. That’ll teach the American Medical Association to ask moms to do more than they’re already doing. Who’s with me?
We’ll all be stuck on our couches, with our lap tables and our hats that hold soda cans and straws connected to them. Who’ll take care of the world then? Hmmm? I guess the researches at the AMA.
No? Not on board? Was it the soda can hats? Too WT? Fine, I’ll give you a few tips on how to turn everyday activities, that you have to do anyway, into workouts, but I really liked my first idea.
1. Set a cleaning timer and do a POWER clean. Don’t think I’m crazy, I do this often. Give yourself a certain amount of time to straighten the house. You know, make beds, run laundry, do dishes, wipe counters, and vacuum. Pretend someone is on their way over unannounced. I usually go for 20 to 30 minutes. Just know that whatever time you set has to be less than what it SHOULD take you to do. Blare some music and clean your butt off, literally. You will actually work up a sweat, which in my opinion constitutes a workout. That could be half the work right there. Don’t believe me, here are some facts to back me up, based on an average 130 lb female…
Vacuuming for 20 minutes burns 47 cal.
Making Beds for 20 minutes burns 40 cal.
Light dusting and straightening for 20 minutes burns 69 cal.
Ironing for 20 minutes burns 45 cal.
Doing Laundry for 20 minutes burns 40 cal.
Let me tell you, after I started working and did less cleaning, I gained weight and my cleaning lady got skinny.
2. Garden . Your house will look better and so will you. This is great for your upper body and if you keep your core tight throughout, it will work your abs as well and do kegals… always do kegals.
Weeding 20 minutes burns 120 calories
Planting, pruning mixing dirt etc. for 20 minutes burns 80 calories
If you don’t have a green thumb, plant anyway. When stuff dies, it’s another workout for you.
3. Walk your dog. If you don’t have a dog, borrow someone else’s. A brisk walk with the dog for 20 minutes will calm the canine and burn a quick 75 cal. Plus they say time with a pet is calming, though “they” have clearly never met my pet.
4. Walk your baby. Same as above. Use a jogger if available and go at a good pace. If your child naps in the stroller, throw on your iPod and enjoy the fresh air. They don’t say time with a baby is calming, but it’s lots of other wonderful things.
5. Have a Wii Tournament. Here’s a great way to have a family activity and workout at the same time. My favorite is Dance Dance Revolution, but even Guitar Hero works your forearms, especially when you do windmills.
6. Save the Environment… ride a bike. If you live near a coffee shop, pharmacy, bank, or anywhere else you can run an errand, without having to take a lot with you, try riding there. I have a buggy for my daughter that hooks on the back. She loves when I chauffeur her to school in it; we pull into the carpool lane and giggle.
Well, that’s all I got. PS writing burns a mere 25 cal. in 20 minutes. I’m going to have to hire a stenographer to take notes while I jam out to some Jane Fonda or something. For more info on how many cal. you burn doing random activities, check out http://www.livestrong.com -You can put in your exact weight