What does it take to work off a blueberry muffin?

What it takes for a 70-kg, 30-year-old woman to work off a blueberry muffin (360 calories):

  • 21 minutes of fast skating or
  • 33 minutes of jogging or
  • 66 minutes of lawn-mowing or gardening or
  • 77 minutes of cycling or
  • 92 minutes of vacuuming or
  • 115 minutes of lifting weights or
  • 230 minutes of folding laundry

Think before you eat 🙂 [photo credit: TIME magazine, August 2009]

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A Confession!

mdI had breakfast from McDonald’s! An Egg McMuffin and a Hash Brown. Later during the day, I checked the amount of damage done at “McDonald’s nutrition facts” site:

  • Calories: 450
  • Calories from fat: 190
  • Total fat: 21 grams
  • Cholesterol: 260 mg

To put the 450 calories in perspective: I’d need to jog for 30 minutes, or swim for 45 minutes, or walk for an hour and a half to burn that many calories! And the fat and cholesterol will still keep me guilty forever. But this confession has made me feel much better 🙂

Health Calculators

Thee very useful links for anyone concerned about calories in our food and other health indicators:

Calories Burned provides a calcalutor where you input your weight, activity and duration. A 76-kg person can burn 44 calories while sitting and blogging for half an hour, or 153 calories by swimming for the same amount of time!

Calories Calculator is a helpful tool to measure the amount of calories and fat in what we eat. E.g. a medium size banana has only 0.6 gm of fat and 105 calories, while half a cup of banana chips have 16 gm of fat and 239 calories!

Health Calculators is part of Medindia.com that offers many useful calculators e.g. heart rate, blood pressure, stress meter, drugs directory, calories in Indian food, teeth chart and even world population and death clocks!

If you want to control your weight but find calorie counting too complicated, stay tuned for the next post on easy steps to better health and fitness.