Updated: Jan 1, 2021
What can affect your results and your metabolism, without you even realizing it? It’s how active you are during the DAY...the time you spend seated vs. standing, how many steps you take each day, etc!
If you’ve ever had an office job, or had a job doing something like waiting tables, you will 100% relate to this topic, because chances are you will have gone through this firsthand.
Simply: The more active you are, the more active your metabolism will be.
The difference in your activity can add up to hundreds of calories a day. And this can have a huge impact on whether you stay the same weight, gain weight, or lose weight! Plus, being less active is linked with a long list of health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and even some kinds of cancer.
First, I want you to think about how active you are every day. For example, do you mostly sit down, are you up and down a lot, or are you on your feet moving around most of the day?
Here are some crazy stats, based on someone who weighs around 145 pounds. (So if you weigh more, you will burn slightly more calories, and if you weigh less, you will burn less.)
Also, a quick caveat. I am a firm believer that the quality of food is SO VERY IMPORTANT and goes way beyond the number of calorie it has. But just for illustration’s sake I’m using pizza in my examples below, because it’s an easy reference for everyone!
So here we go! Let’s say you have a desk job – like you’re an accountant, an IT developer, a receptionist, or an office manager.
During the workday you would burn an estimated 820 calories…that’s about the number of calories in just under 2 slices of cheese pizza.
Now, let’s say you are a little more active than that at work. You’re up and down a lot – like a teacher, personal trainer, cook, realtor, healthcare worker, or first responder.
People in this category would burn about 1,020 calories during the day…about 2½ slices of cheese pizza.
Finally, here are stats if you have a very active job, like a farmer, wait person, landscaper, or construction worker. These people not only rack up a lot of steps every day, but they often are lifting and carrying things.
This group burns around 1,400 calories every day…about 3½ pizza slices.
That about a 60% difference between the sedentary job and the most active one! AND … over the course of a 5-day “workout”, that’s almost 1 pound!!!
This is why it is so important to work extra activity into your day whenever possible … especially if you have a sedentary job. This isn’t just for your weight, but also for your energy and vitality! You will feel so much better.
Can you take a 5 or 10 minute break every hour for a quick walk around the office? (Drinking water consistently throughout the day can help with these frequent, quick walks 😉) If you work at home, can you sneak in some push-ups or squats every once in a while…perhaps when you heat up your food or beverage in the microwave?
Start brainstorming little ways you can boost your activity level. Your body and your metabolism will definitely thank you for it.
Thanks for reading!
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