Sneaky Exercises

Going for a walk, gardening or taking a bike ride all contribute to a healthy life. Get Active Orlando, a volunteer initiative that promotes physical activity and balanced nutrition, calls these “sneaky exercises,” because these are activities you do as part of daily life but probably don’t consider exercising. Such activities can help you reach your goal of 30 minutes of activity a day set by the Ameri­can Heart Association.

According to Health magazine, gardening alone burns around 136 calo­ries per hour for a 150-pound woman, as well as strengthens muscles throughout the body. Biking burns around 270 calories per half-hour at a moderate pace, while taking a walk burns 100 calories per mile for a 160-pound person. By being physically active, you’re not only having fun, you’re improving your health.

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