It was Carrie Bradshaw who so honestly admitted that shopping is in fact her cardio workout and that’s why she couldn’t make the switch to online shopping, so why not get yourself a workout in whilst you buy the essentials?
Shopping workouts are the latest exercise craze gripping the nation with hundreds of fitness fans squatting, curling and pressing their way around supermarket aisles – at first you might be embarrassed, but when you think about dragging yourself to the gym too you’ll be completely fine with it.
Clued up shoppers could be burning their way through up to 800 calories during an average shop.
That means twice weekly shoppers can burn 1600 calories a week, or 83,200 calories per year that’s 314 chocolate bars.
Now experts from shopping website Promotionalcodes.org.uk have come up with some exercises for shoppers who want to feel the burn.
- Squats – bending to the bottom shelf
Instead of bending over to reach the lower shelved items in the supermarket, try sitting back into a squat.
Calories burnt – 51 calories in 10 minutes equivalent to one cookie
- Calf raises – reaching up to the top shelf
When reaching for items on the top shelves, do some calf raises to strengthen the backs of your legs and shoulders. The exercise will also tone your calves.
Calories burnt – 34 calories in 10 minutes equivalent to one treacle toffee.
- Arm curls – with tins
Arm curls don’t have to just be restricted to lifting heavy weights in the gym, and can actually help improve your posture all whilst strengthening and toning your arms.
Calories burnt – 80 calories for 10 minutes work, equivalent to a chocolate digestive biscuit.
- Lunge – pushing the trolley
Pushing a trolley for an average 40-minute shop will burn 160 calories alone, which is the same amount as a large glass of rose wine.
However, to help tone your legs, thighs and quadriceps, try performing lunges while walking around the supermarket and using your shopping trolley to lean on.
Calories burnt – 317 for a 40 minute shop or one cheeseburger
- Bum and abdominal clenches
For a little more discrete way to exercise while doing your shop or standing in the queue, try doing some simple bum and abdominal clenches. These exercises don’t burn any calories, but are great for toning your abs and bum without a lot of effort.
Calories burnt – 0 this is about toning
- Side lunges – reaching into the chiller cabinet
Side lunges are a great exercise for working your side abdominals, thighs, bum and hamstrings all at the same time. This doesn’t burn a lot of calories but is great for toning those muscles.
Calories burnt – 20 calories or one mint.
- Leg raises – while browsing
Leg raises are another exercise that can be done to work your thighs and quads. This move is perfect for doing whilst in the queue to pay or browsing items, and will also do wonders for your core stability and balance.
To increase the workout, try lifting your legs up as high as you can to crunch your abs at the same time.
Calories burnt – 70 calories or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Arm raises – with bottles of water
Arm raises with bottles of water is a great alternative to lifting dumbbells in the gym and will tone your biceps a treat. This exercise can be increased as much as you want by opting for lighter weighted items to make the exercise easier.
Calories burnt – 105 calories or a quarter of a box of chocolates.
- Diagonal pass – while queuing to pay
Diagonal passes are a great exercise for toning your side abs and strengthening your core, all whilst standing in the queue to pay for your shopping.
Calories burnt – 51 calories, which is the equivalent to half a packet of crisps.
- Arm rolls
Arm rolls will help combat bingo wings and help tone your arms. A note of caution with this exercise - remember to check how much room you have around you before stretching your arms out. The last thing you want to do is knockout another shopper.
Calories burnt – 50 calories for 20 minutes - the same amount of calories as half a blueberry muffin.
Will you be getting in an extra workout whilst you shopping?
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