If you're sitting down, you're burning approximately 107 calories an hour. Stand up as you read and you'll burn 143 calories an hour. Walk around at the same time and you're up to 215 calories. That's right: Doing the same activity (reading) in different ways literally doubles your calorie expenditure. However, before you jump on the cardio machine and read, be warned that reading on the elliptical, treadmill or stationary bike takes away from the exercise and is not recommended. Focus on your exercise and you'll more efficiently burn off those cinnamon-bun calories!
Now consider that a pound of fat equals 3,500 calories. Eat more than 3,500 and you gain a pound (your mileage may vary, as other factors such as natural fluctuations in water weight and metabolism come into play); cut out or burn the same number and you lose a pound. So if you normally sit down all day as you read, standing up and walking around instead enables you to lose a pound in four to five days (if you do this for an entire eight-hour workday and don't reward yourself with a slice of cheesecake each day for your efforts!).
Add exercise and activity to the mix and you'll burn a lot more. Get the idea? You move, you lose.
Instead of viewing exercise as work, think of easy ways you can bump up your calorie expenditure every day, such as playing with your kids, walking or biking to your errands, dancing around the house to your favorite playlist or finally using those fitness DVDs you bought with the best of intentions.
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