Hi Everyone. As you may have gathered, I’m easing my way back into the blogosphere in 2013 being as I don’t wanna peak too early. I’ve been posting a few morsels on Facebook but apart from that I’ve been relatively lazy. BTW, if you haven’t friend requested me yet on FB yet, why the heck not? If you feel so inclined, do a search on my name and choose the plain one with my photo – not the one that says ‘motivational speaker’.
Yesterday I posted (on Facebook) that the average Aussie watches around 25 hours of TV per week (the majority of that being in the p.m. hours). Now, you may not know that an average hour of night time commercial television contains about fifteen minutes of ads. So, imagine if instead of channel surfing, eating crap or making another cuppa while the ads are on, we used those small instalments (of about three minutes) to move our body, elevate our heart rate, stimulate our muscles and expend a few extra calories. We could do this via simple but effective activities like stair walking, step ups, exercise bike, skipping, squats, lunges, sit-ups, push-ups, dips or a myriad of other body-weight exercises. We don’t need to join a gym (and this is coming from a gym owner), we don’t (necessarily) need special equipment or training clothes, we don’t need to hand over any money, we need not worry about the weather and we don’t have to travel to a facility. If the average person only ever ‘worked out’ during the ads, he or she would exercise for around 375 minutes (six and a quarter hours) each week. Which equates to more than three hundred hours of structured exercise per year.
Now, here’s where it gets really interesting…
If that person were me (for example), based on my current bodyweight of 85 kgs (187lbs) and assuming that I’m working out at a moderate intensity for my mini-workouts, I would expend an extra 2,500 calories each week (approximately) or around an extra 130,000 calories over the course of a year. Scientifically speaking, that equates to a shit-load. Now, knowing that it takes plus or minus 3,500 calories to ‘build’ or lose a pound of body-fat, these figures tell us that, all other things being equal, a person who weighs 85kgs and has significant fat to lose could drop something in the vicinity of 37lbs (17kgs) over the course of a year just by getting of their arse during the ads. If you’re heavier, that weight-loss figure will increase and if you’re lighter it will be a little lower.