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Simply Fit, by Cindy Haskin-Popp, will help you make physical activity a part of everyday life. The health benefits of regular exercise and overall daily physical activity will be discussed. Fun, practical and easy-to-follow tips on an exercise program will be shared, as will the most current research. Fitness tips for families and seniors, on fitness centers and on buying proper and affordable equipment will be regularly given. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Sweep" Away Extra Calories

     Are you looking for an efficient and effective way to burn extra calories throughout the day?  Why not engage in a little "double duty" as you spring clean?  Get the satisfaction of having a clean home while accumulating minutes to meet the federal government's recommendations for physical activity (  Take a look below to see the amount of calories you can burn while engaging in these common spring cleaning tasks.

Calories Burned in 30 minutes (totals are calculated for an individual weighing 150 pounds)
Vacuuming:  125 kcals
Mopping:  125 kcals
Scrubbing Bathroom/Bath Tub:  136 kcals
General Household Cleaning:  107 kcals
Washing Windows:  107 kcals
Moving Household Items (such as furniture and carrying boxes):  215 kcals
Cleaning Garage (general):  107 kcals
Sweeping Garage/Sidewalk/Driveway:  143 kcals
Cleaning Gutters:  179 kcals

Note:  Before beginning an exercise program or increasing the intensity level of a current routine, a physician's approval should be obtained, especially for older adults and those at risk for or who currently have chronic health conditions.

The Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide

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