It is a common misconception that once you begin an exercise routine, the additional calories you’re burning justify more cheat meals, or treating yourself more frequently. “Everything in moderation”, right? Unfortunately, the little indulgences alone can add up to a whole day’s worth of calories. Instead of convincing yourself you deserve some candy because you worked out that day, start to think in terms of how much exercise that candy is really costing you – you just might find that it’s not worth it.
Just as the small indulgences help pack on the calories, simple modifications in activities of daily living can have the opposite effect. Intentionally parking farther away from your destination, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and finding more opportunities to walk around at work are all easy solutions to sneakily burn off calories.
The minimum recommended number of steps to achieve each day is 10,000. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) estimates that the average person can burn 3,500 calories a week just by getting the appropriate number of steps each day. That’s one whole pound you can lose a week, just by walking! Imagine; you intentionally park farther away from work, the grocery store, etc., and lose extra pounds every year.