Attention shoppers: Window shopping is not a workout. Which daily tasks do make the cut as exercise? FITNESS Magazine breaks it down here.
Does It Count? IT DEPENDS
A leisurely stop-and-shop visit to the mall won't get your heart rate up to the cardio zone and keep it there. What does? A walk at a peppy pace of at least three miles per hour done in chunks of 10 minutes or more. Still, adding up steps at any speed is smart since studies show that those who take more of them are healthier. In one recent study, participants who increased their daily step count over five years not only lowered their body mass index (or BMI, a scale body weight), they lowered their risk of diabetes. Researchers estimate that going from 3,000 to 10,000 steps a day would improve a person's insulin sensitivity threefold. MORE: What's Your BMI? Calculate it, fast!
Cleaning the House
Does It Count? YES
There's a reason they call it housework, honey. You can burn serious calories