Weight Loss - Walking off the Pounds by Larry Tobin
Of course, it doesn't have to be as involved as all that. There's a form of exercise that many of us already do, day in and day out, which is as easy as walking. As a matter of fact, it is walking.
Walking: Exercise in Camouflage
Walking is a near universal opportunity to burn a few more calories every day, everywhere we choose to go. It is the most basic exercise. We move muscles, and those muscles burn calories as we go. But it's such an automatic thing to do that we often forget the benefits that a good walking routine can provide us. So, lets' take a look at five quick ways we can take advantage of our walking habit without going out of our way.
Moving around requires the body to burn energy, which is stored in the body as fat cells. When you're exercising, the body burns up its reserves of energy to power your muscles as they do the work they need to do. The more work done, the more energy burned, and speeding up the process can increase the amount of energy consumed.
For example, consider your daily walk to the mailbox. Say you burn an easy five calories on the way out and back. If you walk twice as fast, you may double that calorie burning without any other major steps. Do this all day, wherever you go, and you've found a way to make walking work for you without going to any particularly special steps.
Step 2 - Stairs Are Great
Elevators are a wonderful thing. As much as steel and reinforced concrete, elevators are what have made the modern skyscraper not just possible but reasonable. Yet, by their very nature they deprive us of an opportunity to burn a few extra calories by taking the stairs. Going up stairs burns even more calories than just walking, because you're not only moving forward, but lifting some of your body weight as well.
Now, no one is suggesting that someone working on the top floor of a high rise take the stairs all the way up. That's a bad use of time and you'll be exhausted when you get there. However, if stairs are available, consider taking two or three flights of them up, then catching the elevator the rest of the way. Again, regularly taking small steps outside of the normal can give you a lot of benefits when added up over time.
Step 3 - Walk and Talk
We do a lot of talking on the phone, and a great deal of it is done sitting down. This was understandable with corded telephones and the earliest cord-free phones, but with many homes switching entirely to cordless and/or cellular, there is a golden opportunity to get a bit more exercise with every phone call.