With the winter holidays here, many of us are thinking about what we'll be chowing down on in the next several weeks. We'll also be thinking about the ensuing weight gain, and how maybe it wasn't such a good idea to inhale half a pumpkin pie.
But do not fear. Because with the holidays come somewhat lame tips from health experts on how to burn calories the easy way, without schlepping to a gym or pedaling a bicycle. Case in point: Health professionals from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center offer these chestnuts that even people in the outer reaches of Tibet have probably heard, and we're pretty sure they don't even have shopping malls.
So let's start with the shopping mall, shall we? Did you know that if you park far from the mall entrance -- stay with us now -- you'll burn more calories walking to the entrance than if you parked close by? Get out! No way! But apparently it's true!
How about getting in some aerobic activity by cleaning your house and preparing for guests? If you do tiring chores such as vacuuming, scrubbing and walking up and down stairs, you'll also burn calories. It seems that you have to do this for at least 10 minutes to get your heart rate up, but we're thinking you can elevate it even higher by tapping into the bottled-up anger and resentment you feel having to play host yet again.