How in the world does a blogger get fit since writing blog posts requires sitting? Work out at the gym for an hour every day? That’s an option. So is walking, running, and swimming. But have you ever thought of simple ways like gardening? How about washing the dishes, sweeping and mopping the floors – just general housework? You might want to take a look at these possibilities. Each one is worth considering when keeping up a daily log of calories and fat-burning exercise.
Until I started keeping up with my daily food intake on MyFitnessPal, I didn’t give a thought to how many calories I was burning by everyday housecleaning chores and gardening. Wow! Hey, it pays off to not own a dishwasher! I am the dishwasher (and Mr. Fun helps, too – goes quicker when we join the effort with one washing and the other drying). You can burn 22 calories in 15 minutes washing dishes while standing (for a 150-lb person). See calorielab.com for viewing more ways to burn calories. If you cook in more than one pot or pan and more than one person is enjoying the meal, the dishes may take double that time.That’s burning 44 calories in 30 minutes. Not bad at all.
Think about it. If you blog, you’re going to need to get up out of the chair every now and then. Like when you’re hungry, thirsty, gotta have some coffee, need to go water the flowers, etc.
Speaking of the flowers, gardening is one of the best ways to get fit. Pull weeds for half an hour or plant flower and vegetable seeds for an hour. You’ll feel muscles you didn’t know you had. Even watering the garden causes calories to be burned. Every little or big activity you do adds up. Recording all you eat and calories burned lets you see what you need to do to get fit or stay fit.
Gardening is my favorite fitness program. It’s therapeutic, fun, rewarding, and it’s a workout. Winter is probably the worst season to stay fit that way, although there are flowers and vegetables that do grow well in that season. Recently, I blogged about flowers to plant in the fall that also grow well in the winter. It’s worth it, health wise, to have a winter garden. Organic vegetables taste better, you save money, and you stay more fit.
Blogging is no excuse to not be fit. I know very well how easy it is to be forgetful of the time while plugging away at the computer on the blog posts. That’s what cell phone alarms are for. It keeps you accountable for each responsibility you have. Being a fit blogger is your responsibility. Nobody will do it for you.
Now go get fit!