Was driving in the car with K this morning. We pass by a group of moms jogging with their strollers.
K: “What are they doing?”
Me: “Oh they are exercising”
K: “How come we don’t exercise?”
I thought about the various truths that I could tell him….about how shopping is cardio, and how mommy doesn’t like to sweat…. but I kept it simple…
Me: “Because mommy has been blessed with good genes.”
For anyone who knows me well…. they know that I hate to exercise. I have been blessed with good genes… but also find other ways to burn calories. I mean, come on… my son is a whooping 35 lbs. That is a work out in its own. Also…. shopping really IS cardio! Walking up and down aisles, arm movements through hangers of garments, pushing shopping carts or lifting shopping baskets. Hey… it all counts. Different strokes for different folks. You’ll never catch me in a mommy-stroller-group at the butt crack of dawn. But I’ll be first in line at Target the day after any holiday. 🙂
“A more competitive “super-shopper” may walk up to 5 mall-miles in a three-hour
shopping spree. Along with lots of fidgeting, reaching for merchandise, and
waving at friends, calorie burning can top 500 calories for our 100 pound person
and up to 1,000 calories or more for the more substantial 200- to 300-pound
shoppers. This level of shopping should not be attempted without proper
training, or you may find yourself “hitting the mall.”
Oh la la… 5 ways to burn calories without exercise?? Works for me.