How many calories can you burn playing Angry Birds?
In addition to tweaking my diet, I have to start a more intensive exercise program. To this end, I’ve been looking at guides of promising-sounding activities and how many calories they burn, and I’ve noticed some serious omissions, really a complete lack of any activity I’m at all likely to perform. To rectify this alarming deficiency, I would like to contribute my own list of everyday exercises that you (and, more importantly, I) can do at home or in the office, with a loose estimate of how many calories they’re likely to burn:
Little Blind Girl’s List of Everyday Exercises
- Banging your head against the desk/table/wall for five minutes: 15 calories
- Walking down to supply closet, forgetting what you went there for, walking back to office, then remembering and walking back to supply closet: 25 calories
- Doodling on legal pad while not really listening to tedious phone conversation: 20 calories/half hour
- Losing important file and cursing profusely while stomping around looking for it: 15 calories
- Losing important file and trying not to curse profusely because boss is around: 40 calories (note: not recommended for extended durations)
- Searching for keys in the morning: 20 calories
- Transferring items from one purse to another (may qualify as weight training): 10 calories
- Throwing pen across room because it refuses to write smoothly: 5 calories, if you include walking over to where it fell and cleaning the mark off the wall
- Panicking over missed deadline: 15 calories
- Reading blogs when you should be doing work: 60 calories/hour
I am shocked that these have not yet shown up in the lists of common activities on the exercise sites. Next you’ll be telling me that caffeine isn’t a vital nutrient! We can’t all be professional athletes; get your exercise where you can, that’s what I say. This list would make for an interesting exercise log, don’t you think?