Writer’s Workout Update:
Okay, the effort to lose weight for me is a slow one. In close to 90 days, I have managed to lose only 6 pounds. That means the choices I am making for diet and activity are conducive to maintaining a particular weight, but now conducive to losing weight. In short, for a temporary period of time, I am going to have to step up my game. For more information about the Writer’s Workout, read my introductory post.
In my efforts to drop the pounds without inventing fake activity to try and embrace the rest of my life, I found this chart helpful, because it gives options for normal activity. Not everything on the list is for everybody, but there is enough on the list that you can find a few something to add variety to your writer’s schedule.
Remember, a true writer recognizes that every hour of the day should contribute to honing their craft as a writer. The Writer’s Workout is no exception, since a healthy body contributes to both mental stamina and greater amounts of physical energy.
50 Regular Activities for Burning Calories
Special thanks to the Harvard Health Letter from 2004 for this chart:
Calories Burned per Hour
|Sitting at computer||102|
|Doing light household chores||95|
|Standing in line||100|
|Playing with your dog||115|
|Playing with kids (not rigorous)||120|
|Lifting weights (light)||224|
|Golfing (riding in cart)||260|
|Lifting weights (vigorous)||446|
|Mowing the lawn||410|
|Golfing (walking w/ bag)||410|
|Walking (4.5 mph)||372|
|Cross country skiing||500|
|Step aerobics (light impact)||520|
|Biking (fast pace)||530|
|Circuit weight training||540|
|Cross country skiing||600|
|Running (5 mph)||600|
|Step aerobics (heavy impact)||744|
|Running (7.5 mph)||940|
|Bicycling (> 20 mph)||1220|
Running and tennis are calling my name. I’ll see if I can get some sweaty pictures this week for social media.
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