Awareness is key to reaping the health benefits of sneaky activities
Plus, be aware of this added activity in order to reap its full benefits. Here's why: A 2008 study by a Harvard psychologist studied hotel maids who spend a good part of their day lugging around heavy equipment. Although their physical work kept them moving all day long, they did not see themselves as physically active. The researchers divided the maids into two groups. They educated one group about the number of calories they burned each day and explained how they already met the daily recommendations for activity. The second group was not told anything.
Surprisingly, after a month, the educated group decreased their blood pressure, weight and saw a 10 percent drop in blood pressure—even though they did not change their routines in any way! Researchers concluded the women's changed mindset helped their body respond to the activity they were already doing. Placebo effect? Possibly. Either way, as you go about your day, focus on what you're doing and see yourself as an active woman and you may also see similar changes after four weeks.
Mix and match the following activities and watch the calorie-burning add up. (Calories are based on a 150-pound woman; stats provided by the American College of Sports Medicine.)
Calories burned per 30 minutes of activity
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