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How Far Do You Have To Swim To Offset A Can Of Coke?

How Far Do You Have To Swim To Offset A Can Of Coke?

Ever wonder just how much work you’re actually doing at the gym? According to BBC Future and a study done by Harvard Medical School, folks are finding it difficult to estimate just how much good they are actually doing in the gym versus the calories they are eating. It seems that most of us are overestimating the amount of calories burned and undershooting the number of calories eaten. Studies have also shown that those who go to the gym, but continue to eat calorie-rich foods are only getting hungrier. A faster metabolism from working out means the body will only want to take in more calories. The greatest amount of weight loss seems to come from a combination of exercise and diet change. Without diet change, taking a swim or going to the gym (even being a regular patron) leads to less of those pound-shedding results that they are looking for.

Take a look at the back of a can of Coke. 138 calories. Okay, so what’s the big deal? What does that mean as far as how much physical activity is needed to burn off that one can? Well, think of it this way. It would take about a half hour of gymnastics, volleyball, or curling just to get rid of that sugary drink.

If you weren’t aware, everything we do burns calories. Even sitting at a desk burns a small amount of calories. With that being said, you might be surprised to find out that some exercises and general activities burn many more calories than others. A workout like swimming not only provides a full body workout, but gets the heart pumping too and in turn, burns quite a lot of calories. However, everyday activities like reading, sitting at the computer, and just spacing out chewing some gum don’t even scratch the surface of that candy bar or two with lunch. Lets take a deeper look into which foods are shockingly full of calories and which activities are the best at helping us forget we ever had them.

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    See what I mean? Just one hour of swimming laps destroys any soda that might be trying to sneak its way onto your scale, about 759 calories to be exact. Let’s plan a pool day, shall we?

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      That means these doughnuts are about 864 calories total…yikes. I promise I will never make fun of that person that eats only half a doughnut again.

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        Yep that’s right. Chewing gum only burns about 10 calories per hour, which means 1 serving of Pringles (about 15 chips) equals 150 calories.

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          It’s no surprise that Bag Macs aren’t the healthiest of options, but would you be shocked to know this means you’ve consumed about 880 calories?

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            Dancing, for the average person, burns about 224 calories per hour. Which unfortunately, doesn’t even put a dent into some of these other foods.

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              How many calories are in one Snickers bar you ask? About 215. See above, that one whole hour of dancing would only get rid of one of these bad boys.

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                Reading surprisingly burns about 84 calories per hour. Just another reason to grab your favorite book and break a mental sweat. Of course, it would take quite a while to burn off that Big Mac, but it’s a start.

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                  Get ready for it. Just 1.2 ounces of cheese contains 137 calories, which is just as much as a can of Coke. I’ll leave the cheese off of my burger next time.

                  Are you as surprised at the findings as we are? Don’t be too hard on yourself. This should be jarring for most of us. If you are actually looking to lose a few pounds, just keep in mind that diet change and exercise are the only proven methods of consistent weight loss. Even if this eye opening information encourages some slight changes in your life, it’s probably for the best (I know it is for me). Check out the full Harvard study that shows about how many calories are burned in 30 minutes from a multitude of activities.

                  Body photos credited to BBC Future.

                  Featured photo credit: Soda Pop Confusion/Vox Efx via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                  The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                  The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                  At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                  Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                  One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                  When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                  So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                  Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                  This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                  Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                  When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                  Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                  One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                  Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                  An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                  When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                  Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                  Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                  We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                  By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                  Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                  While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                  I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                  You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                  Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                  When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                  Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                  Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                  Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                  One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                  Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                  Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                  This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                  While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                  Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                  Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                  This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                  For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                  Con #4: Unique Distractions

                  Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                  For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                  To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                  We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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