In a previous post, I wrote about some health lies we tell ourselves to make ourselves feel better about our habits. Today I want to address the topic of just how much exercise you are getting.
One way we are told we can burn more calories is to take the stairs or park further from our building. Now if you live or work in a building with 20 floors, I'm sure that's good advice. But in my town, the tallest building we have is probably only 3 or 4 stories tall. And considering that climbing stairs burns about 5-10 calories per minute (depending on weight), I might burn all of 30 calories going from basement to top. That's not much.
Instead, consider finding an activity you enjoy and doing it long enough to make a real difference. Here's a handy chart for you to look up the calorie burn for some common exercises. [Calorie Burn Chart]
Of course, using the stairs is still a good idea and we should all do that when we can. Now if we only lived in a 20-story walk-up with stairs like these: