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How many calories do you burn?
Did you know that just by existing (sleeping, reading, writing, sitting), you burn 2 calories a minute? There's 1440 minutes in our 24-hour day. That means if you did nothing but sleep or sit, you burn 2880 calories.
To lose one pound of fat, though, you need to burn / expend 3500 calories. Even if you ate nothing (which I highly do NOT recommend), you still won't lose weight.
So ... eat healthy meals and move. If you move a little, even by fidgeting, you could get that 2-calories-per-minute up to 3 or 4 or even 5 calories a minute (depending on how fast you move).
Here are a few things you might do during the day:
2 cal/min: reading, sitting, standing, sleeping, reading, writing
3 cal/min: playing cards, fidgeting, or foreplay!
4 cal/min: brushing your teeth, ironing or washing dishes by hand
5 cal/min: cooking and food prep, or housework
6 cal/min: weight lifting (moderate pace)
7 cal/min: carrying an infant or sex
8 cal/min: moderate jumping jacks
11 cal/min: low impact aerobics or shoveling snow
12 cal/min: rowing machine (moderate) or jogging
15 cal/min: running 5 mph
24 cal/min: running 8 mph
18 cal/min: jumping rope
40 cal/min: running 12 mph
So what are you going to do today to burn calories?
Because, see, it all adds up.