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Nutrition Notes With Ilana Muhlstein—Surprising Ways To Exercise

Standing burns more calories than sitting so a standing desk can improve your overall energy throughout the day.

Posted Friday, May 10, 2019 - 11:49 am

1. Standing Desk — You may have heard that sitting is the new smoking because the effect of inactivity has serious consequences. Even if you exercise the recommended 3-5 days a week, excessive sitting in the remainder of the day can slow down your metabolism. Standing also burns more calories than sitting and can improve your overall energy throughout the day.

2. Walk/Pace While on the Phone —This is an easy and important one. Many of my clients come to me with the mindless habit of eating in the kitchen while on calls. Getting in extra steps and taking a walk while on the phone feels like a breeze because your mind is focused on the conversation. Walking can also improve your heart health and assist in blood sugar control, so the more you can fit it in, the better.

3. Use Your Kid as Your Weight— They Like It! Babies and even big kids can serve as weights for toning exercises. It’s an effective workout and it is a fun way to bond with your children. My kids love it! If you have a baby, you can hug him tight while doing squats. Do 3-5 sets of 15 reps and you’ll be amazed at how sore you’ll feel the next day. If you have bigger kids, they can go on your back and you can give them a piggy back ride or even do sets of lunges if it feels right.

4. Cleaning and Organizing —There is a reason Marie Kondo is in such great shape. Organizing your closet and cleaning your house can burn some serious calories. It’s an easy way to get your body moving that is stress relieving and productive at the same time.

5. Stairs —Stairs are another efficient way to get more exercise into your day. Climbing on a Stairmaster can burn approximately 100 calories every 10 minutes, but you’d have to get to the gym to get those effects. Yet, if you live or work in a building, you can easily get in those 10 minutes every day. When you account for the elevator waiting time and multiple stops, the stairs can be much quicker also.

lana Muhlstein, M.S., R.D. is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Beverly Hills and mother of two. Muhlstein is not only a nutrition expert, but she, herself has lost 100 pounds and kept it off. She is the creator of the 2B Mindset weight loss program and sits on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association, Go Red for Women campaign.

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