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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 July 8, 2020

                  18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                  18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                  The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                  1. Understand Yourself Better

                  Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                  Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                  2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                  I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                  Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                  3. Become Aware of What Matters

                  As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                  You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                  4. Boost Creativity

                  The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                  When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                  You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                  5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                  A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                  Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                  6. Process Life Experiences

                  When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                  Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                  7. Stress Relief

                  In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                  Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                  8. Provide Direction

                  Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                  One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                  9. Solve Problems

                  Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                  Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                  When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                  10. Find Relief From Fighting

                  Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                  Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                  11. Find Meaning in Life

                  Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                  12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                  Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                  13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                  When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                  14. Let the Past Go

                  I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                  15. Allow Freedom

                  Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                  16. Enhance Your Career

                  Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                  Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                  17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                  All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                  18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                  No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                  We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                  Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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