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  • Annie_01Annie_01 Posts: 3,115Member Member Posts: 3,115Member Member
    I can't see me or anyone doing this but I read this article a couple of weeks ago. Washing your clothes on a washboard burns all kinds of calories!

    I can remember as a child my mother having a wringer washer/clothes line. Laundry was an all day affair...It was definitely harder than sticking them in the washer and dryer.
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,780Member Member Posts: 2,780Member Member
    Bump. Important ideas especially as cooler weather moves in with potential shifts is "what you're willing to do"
  • cupcakesandproteinshakescupcakesandproteinshakes Posts: 324Member Member Posts: 324Member Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    Doing a check-in for two reasons. One is to offer this link for more info (it's a text article and stream of an audio segment from U.S. National Public Radio):

    Wiggle While You Work: Fidgeting May Fight Fat

    The other is just an observation: Yesterday, while using the drive-up teller window at my credit union (in a rush), I was thinking about how rarely I use drive-ups anymore, and how much I dislike it when I do. In this scenario, it would've felt more satisfying (for various reasons) to park the car, hotfoot it into the lobby, wait in line (doing my usual low-drama fidgety waiting in line stuff), transact and leave. Because I'm weird, it would've felt like a shorter time, even though I think in this case it would've been objectively longer/slower, because I would've been doing something, rather than waiting in the car all antsy but fairly still, waiting for the teller to Do Stuff. :lol:

    It's kind of fun, sometimes, to run into the coffee shop (or whatever), note the last car in line at the drive-up, and see if I beat them out of there. It can also be entertaining to watch the car occupants from inside the coffee shop, and see who uses the drive-up (everyone ;) ) vs. who goes in.

    Park, sprint, fidget, order, pay, fidget, grab, run, get in & drive . . . vs. drive, idle, order, idle, pay, idle, grab, drive? It's possible to fidget while the car idles, of course. ;)

    You have drive through banks? I’ve never heard of them. The rise of drive through restaurants in the uk is not a good thing imo. It makes me sad seeing people parked in their cars eating food. I get that it’s convenient but I would much rather go in to the restaurant sit down and eat.

    I like this thread for the ideas. I actually enjoy fidgeting when I work( I’m a desk jockey) . I find it helps me think.
  • bearly63bearly63 Posts: 94Member, Premium Member Posts: 94Member, Premium Member
    I will read the article you posted @AnnPT77 . I am a fidgeter for sure. I use the drive up tellers at several banks for work. Maybe I will start to park and go in instead. I also heard an interesting conversation about how shivering burns calories. I haven't experienced shivering since my son played football and we sat in 35 degrees and rain. I could not get warm!
  • mtaratootmtaratoot Posts: 1,674Member Member Posts: 1,674Member Member
    @AnnPT77 - you wouldn't have wanted this particular burrito as it had pork in it. I suspect the tortillas they use for burritos also have some lard, but I'm not sure. They do make a good avocado taco I would recommend. I bet their fajita burrito would still be good without any meat, and maybe with tofu instead. I spent 30 years not eating meat, but I've expanded my menu in the past few years, at least for now. There's another burrito shop in town that makes a GREAT veggie burrito. Mmmm. The beer was a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and that's the joy of this time of year for me. Good stuff.

    Anyway, I just happened to notice this "metabolic adaption" happen within a half hour of beginning to digest. I noticed it and found it really interesting. Again, a sample size of one, but "metabolic adaption" seems real, just not for the reasons some people may believe.

    As far as hair growth; another story. On my last Grand Canyon raft trip, one of our crew normally shaves his head. He didn't shave his head OR his face for the trip. What a great trip - I got to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my birth playing disc in Redwall Cavern. Anyway, after we got off the river after 21 days, he got to see his reflection. He told us he had been wondering which would grow faster, the hair on his head or his beard. He was a little surprised to find the answer was.....

    His EARS.

    That had nothing to do with NEAT, but I will say we got PLENTY of activity every day rowing, hiking, setting up camp, and such. And plenty of relax time just watching the river go by....
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 20,272Member Member Posts: 20,272Member Member
    BMcC9 wrote: »
    Bump. Important ideas especially as cooler weather moves in with potential shifts in "what you're willing to do"

    "There's no bad weather; just bad gear" ;)

    I'm getting ready to bundle up and go for a walk. I'll do this all winter long, except for on rainy days, when I do yoga/lift weights.
  • sunflower2osunflower2o Posts: 41Member Member Posts: 41Member Member
    Can't wait to read!
  • youngmomtazyoungmomtaz Posts: 954Member Member Posts: 954Member Member
    Annie_01 wrote: »
    I can't see me or anyone doing this but I read this article a couple of weeks ago. Washing your clothes on a washboard burns all kinds of calories!

    I can remember as a child my mother having a wringer washer/clothes line. Laundry was an all day affair...It was definitely harder than sticking them in the washer and dryer.

    I have actually always wanted a washboard. The breakdown of a machine would be far less of an issue. We have no laundry mat for over 100km. And no repair shops. Good thing my husband is actually good at stuff like that.

    My neat improvements have been:
    -yank all the blankets off the bed every morning, shake them outside and then remake the bed. Smells way fresher!
    -putting away all the kids laundry instead of stacking it on the stairs for them.
    -washing the floor by hand.
    -cleaning out my car weekly, needed or not.
  • KotuliakKotuliak Posts: 253Member Member Posts: 253Member Member
    hesn92 wrote: »
    I am so sedentary it’s ridiculous. My office building is small. It’s only a few steps from my car to the door, my office is literally right around the corner, and it’s really close to both the bathroom and the kitchen lol.

    Physical distance does not matter! You can always take a 5 minute walk to get to the bathroom that is 10 feet away. At work, my bathroom is on the same floor as my office, but I always go three floors up and back on the way to the bathroom.

  • nicsflyingcircusnicsflyingcircus Posts: 2,046Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,046Member, Premium Member
    Recent additions:

    I stand at work for a minimum of 6-8hours (chart at a bar height computer, vs sitting to chart) of my 12.5hour shift. Spend half my unpaid 30 minute lunch break listening to an audible book and walking. I also have to park on the 4th or 5th floor of the employee garage, which is not attached to the hospital. Instead of walking directly to the stairs and down, I walk a spiral down the ramps to the ground floor. I walk circles in my house while on phone calls or waiting for tea to steep, while cooking at the stove, etc. I use the stairs at work if I go to the pharmacy, convenience store or cafeteria.

    My work area is also small (nurse's station in front of supply room, nutrition room and medication room, 15 patient rooms, none further than 35 steps from the desk), but I am doing small things and pushing my daily activity so I am at least moderately active on work days and lightly active (+) on non work days.

  • katshearekatsheare Posts: 784Member Member Posts: 784Member Member
    BBC 6 has a funk’n’soul show on Saturday night, and ya better believe I’ve been working on NEAT with its help!!
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