Six everyday activities help you keep fit and stay active.
A group of scientists recently suggested, in a review that appeared in the International Journal of Obesity, that Americans
are simply spending too much time talking about how our toxic food environment and our couch potato ways are making us obese.
Perhaps there are other reasons that we’re plumping up, they proposed. Among their alternate obesity theories: we’re not
sleeping enough, air pollution messes up our metabolism, we’ve adapted to air conditioning—and so we don’t need to regulate
our internal temperatures by ramping up our metabolic rates (thus, burning more calories). At EatingWell, we still believe
that eating right and exercising are the ways to manage your weight. To that end, we present you with some excellent ways to
exercise without even knowing it—and feel better about turning on the A/C on those sultry days.
1. Wash your car.
Embrace the summer heat—with a hose: Burn calories and make your car look beautiful as you wash, dry and get it (and you)
2. Do your own yard work.
Tell the teenage kid from down the street that you’ll mow your own lawn—and pay him to make some iced tea instead. While
you’re at it, weed the vegetable garden and toss some new mulch around the perennials out front.
3. Reinstate the “water cooler.”
Everyone needs a periodic work break, but instead of e-mailing witty quips to your buddy in the next office, walk to the
water cooler to dish about the dude who got kicked off Project Runway last night.
4. Get started on that home-improvement project.
Painting, hammering, hoisting—it’s all exercise (some of it moderate to vigorous, we’d say). And don’t discount all the
walking that you’ll do as you wander around the big home-improvement warehouse looking for that specific hinge (or someone
who can help you find it).
5. Dog sit.
For a puppy, ideally. You won’t be able to sit on the couch for long—unless you don’t care about your carpet—or your shoes.
Know anyone with a dog? Ask if they’ll be heading out on holiday this summer, sans pet. You’ll sneak in a week’s worth of
exercise—and probably earn yourself a nice bottle of wine upon their return.
6. Eat al fresco.
Pack a picnic—one that requires schlepping a big ice-filled cooler across a field or a park. Bring a ball or a Frisbee for
after-eating activities. Try our Healthy Diet Collection for delicious recipe ideas.