Go Ahead and Fidget. It May be Good for Your HealthPosted by Medicare Made Clear
The current recommendations for the amount of physical activity needed by older adults to maintain health is a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days per week1. Don’t worry if your schedule is too busy to allow for a 30-minute block of time to exercise. There are still ways to meet the guidelines. For example, instead of taking a 30 minute walk, take three 10-minute walks.
Even small movements like fidgeting while watching TV may help burn calories. According to an NBCNews.com article, the Mayo Clinic found people can sometimes burn an extra 300 to 350 calories a day just by fidgeting or moving around.2 And since 3500 calories equals a pound, you could possibly burn the equivalent of one pound every ten days just by fidgeting!
There are many ways to add small movements to your day, including:
- Stand instead of sit
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park at the far end of the parking lot
- Wash the dishes the old-fashioned way, by hand, instead of using the dishwasher
- Stand or pace while talking on the phone
- Walk to the store instead of driving the car
- Wash the car by hand instead of using the automatic carwash
- Walk inside the bank instead of using the drive-through
Just about any movement can be counted as physical activity. Get moving and see what happens.
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Opportunities Abound for Moving Around, Get Active, Wherever You Are: NIH National Institutes of Health
50 No-Sweat Ways to Burn Calories: NBCNews.com
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1 Opportunities Abound for Moving Around, Get Active, Wherever You Are, NIH National Institutes of Health, May 2015
2 50 No-Sweat Ways to Burn Calories, NBCNews.com, June 1, 2010