FEELING GREAT: How shopping can keep you fit

Shopping can burn the calories
Shopping can burn the calories

Lets talk about a healthy habit that might be able to keep you healthy and active (and burn more calories than you might think! - Which might not be needed of course), around the festive season.

Shopping!

Especially Christmas shopping - probably the busiest shopping month of the year.

Now Christmas shopping can do one of two things - cause you frustration and stress OR bring you delight and enjoyment, but let me ask you this, have you ever considered that shopping might be a legitimate addition to your weekly exercise routine?

I’m serious - hours of walking around the shops can clock up a huge amount of steps, and you can even burn up to 200 calories doing so!

To put that into context, if you see someone out jogging, they’ll have to run at the same pace for up to 30 minutes to burn the same amount of calories. And even though they’re keeping active for a shorter amount of time, for those of you who don’t enjoy jogging or booking yourself into a gym class, shopping especially at this time of year is a great alternative to keeping active.

Of course I’m not saying shopping alone should replace your regular exercise regime, but it’s nice to know that an everyday activity like this counts towards your daily exercise goals, (not to mention the next time someone says you shop too much, you can use this as the perfect excuse).

And if you were wondering what other daily activities count as exercise too, here are some other ideas for you to think about:

Cleaning the house, washing your car, walking the dog, playing with the grandchildren…

So my take-away for you today is this, while traditional exercises like running and finding a fitness class you enjoy are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle - everyday activities can be an additional way to get you moving.

If you’d like to learn more secrets to keep active, maintain independence and live free from painkillers then visit this website: http://www.thehealthyhabitbok.com where you can pick up your copy of Paul’s Healthy Habit book full of tips to set you off on a good note for the New Year!