Saw an article online about how you can lose weight without going to the gym. They talk about how you can do little things throughout the day that help you burn those calories. I expected the usual “go for a walk at lunch, take the stairs instead of the elevator”, etc. etc. that usually fill these types of articles. Their last tip astounded me though:
Fuss and fidget. Make it a habit to never sit perfectly still. Instead, bounce your knee at your desk, tap your toes, shift in your seat, pace while you talk on the phone, sway and twist from the waist while at your computer.
You burn: Up to 100 calories throughout the day.
I don’t know about you, but in my upbringing, my parents drilled it into my head that fidgeting and bouncing your knees/feet were rude things to do and were bad habits to be euthanized. So imagine my shock when I read “Make it a habit to never sit perfectly still“. Sitting still used to be the example of a perfectly behaved child, and I think that it still is. How many times do you hear parents telling their kids for the umpteenth time to “Sit still!!” or “Stop fidgeting!!“, which usually follows with “Behave yourself!“. It’s rather sad that people are resorting to this to lose calories instead of making an effort at lifestyle change (including eating healthier and exercising!!). And honestly, those 100 calories you may burn doing those things that your parents would call bad habits, you gain it right back and more with that morning double double.