Sounds like one of those annoying ads flooding the Internet
doesn't it? We're always told that if it sounds too good to be
true, it usually is. So how can you possibly burn kilojoules, and
even fat, without even raising a sweat? Diabetes Queensland
Accredited Exercise Physiologist Emma Briskey promises these
kilojoule blasting secrets can be believed.
Emma says the secret lies in what she calls incidental activity.
Incidental activity is all the movement you accumulate just by
going about your daily business. Walking to the bus stop, doing the
grocery shopping, and hanging out the washing all counts as
incidental activity. By making a few tweaks to your daily routine
you can be more active and burn more kilojoules without even
realising you're doing any exercise. Emma shares her tips for being
more active every day below:
1) Instead of searching for the car park
that's closest to the door of your work or the shops, park your car
in the car park furthest away and enjoy a little walk.
2) Ditch the car and take public transport.
The short walk to and from your bus stop or station can make a big
difference. To really ramp up your incidental exercise, try getting
off at an earlier stop and walking the rest of the way.
3) At work, rather than relying on email to
contact your colleague, go over and chat to them in person.
4) Hang your washing on the line rather than
put it through the dryer. You'll also save power and money.
5) Take the stairs instead of the lift or walk
up the escalator rather than standing still.
6) When you run out of milk or bread, walk or
cycle to the shop rather than drive.
7) Walk your children or grandchildren to
school rather than drive. Physical activity is really important for
8) When speaking on a mobile or cordless
phone, have a little walk around the house or office whilst you
9) If you work in an office, print your
documents at the printer the furthest away from your desk and get
up every time to collect it.
10) Instead of waiting for the coffee van to arrive at
work, take a 10 minute break and walk to the coffee shop. You will
be more productive when you return, and not just because of the
While incidental activity may not deliver the same benefits as
planned exercise, every bit of movement adds up and can help keep
you energised throughout the day.
Increasing your incidental activity can be an easy way to burn
extra kilojoules in addition to the regular 30 minutes of physical
activity you're doing each day. Just remember the more you move the
better you'll feel!