What everyday changes, if any, might you make to increase the amount of energy expended in your day-to-day activities?
The most obvious thing to do in order to increase the amount of energy in my day-to-day activities is to move more. That is exactly what I tried to do. With each day I found activities which I would enjoy and would also be healthy for my physical wellbeing. There are some activities above that I tried to implement in my daily routine. These include jogging and walking. For me jogging was something rather hard to take up, even for one day, as I am not used to this kind of rigorous sport exercise. However, walking more was a lot easier than I ever imagined. It really is amazing how much time we spend in our cars and how much better it is for us to walk instead. I spent my time walking to my friend’s house, to the store nearby and even doing a relaxing walk in the evening. This was good for me not only physically, but also emotionally as it brightened my mood.
What types and amount of exercise work best for you?
After keeping a close eye on exactly what I do for three days, I have to say that the exercises that work best for me are dancing and walking. From the chart one can see that swimming and jogging definitely had a large part of my burned calories; however I do not enjoy these activities as the first two mentioned. I believe that you have to enjoy what you do and that is the only way to stick to your routine.
Can the activities be performed year-round?
Dancing and even walking are activities that can be performed year round. Even though some people may argue that walking is not a winter activity, I beg to differ. The fresh cold air outside during the snowy winter months is perfect for pushing one to walk faster as well as preventing any illnesses.
All in all, I must say that I learned a lot from this exercise. It was great to have a clear view of how everything I do throughout the day effect the amount of calories in my body. In the future, I will keep all the information I learned here close by and use it when creating my plan for the day.
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/default.htm Available on 22.08.2011