BURN MORE NINE-TO-FIVE

Because most jobs require less physical activity than they did 50 years ago, we’re missing out on roughly 100 calories of daily burn, which may be expanding our waistlines, new research from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge found.  Male up for that fat-melting deficit with some sneaky strategies:

  • Copy Documents burn 16 calories
  • Stand while filing burn 21 calories
  • Tidy your cubicle and water the office plants burn 26 calories
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator burn 37 calories
  • TOTAL 100 CALORIES BURNED
    • based on a 140 pound woman performing the activity for 10 minutes

Fitness Magazine October 2011

EXERCISE UNDERCOVER

You’re never too busy for these stealth muscle strengthening moves:

Belly Shaper
Inhale deeply and on the exhale tighten abs as hard as you can.  Your belly button should feel as if its pressing against your spine.  Hold for 5-10 seconds, repeat 5 times

Glute Glorifier
Sit up straight in your chair. Abdominals tight and squeeze your glutes (butt cheeks) together for 5 seconds, then release for 2 seconds, repeat 10 times

Thigh Master
Stand up straight with one leg 2 to 3 inches behind you, hold onto a chair or touch fingertips lightly against a wall, if needed for balance.  With foot flexed, tighten inner and outer thighs and lift the leg that’s behind you 2 to 3 inches off the ground.  Hold for 10 seconds, switch legs and repeat 5 times

How much is enough?  Begin with one set of all three exercises and aim to work up to 3 sets a day.

January/February 2012  Weight Watchers Magazine