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Household Chores continued...

If you’re running errands, be a little bit inefficient. Don’t organize your grocery list by aisle -- so if you have to run back and forth a few times to get all the things you need, that’s just fine.

“When was the last time you took your grocery cart back to the corral?” asks Giancoli. “Next time you go shopping, park at the farthest space, and when you come back, take your cart all the way to the corral nearest the door. Get one more that someone else has left behind and bring it back too. You’ll burn a few extra calories and do a little good deed too.”

Stay Active at Work

There are still some jobs where you’ll get a lot of exercise: farming, stocking shelves, doing personal training. But these days, 80% of us work jobs that either confine us to our desks or require only light physical activity -- burning about 120-150 calories an hour.

So how can you keep your work from broadening more than your mind?

If you’re really committed to getting more exercise in your daily life, you could ask your boss to invest in the newly popular “treadmill desks” -- they cost $2,000 and up and let you work and work out at the same time. Or if you have a treadmill of your own, there are desks that fit over a treadmill and cost under $500. Giancoli bought an extra-tall desk that lets her stand while she types on the computer (you burn more calories standing than sitting), along with a barstool for times when she needs to sit.

Not that committed or can’t spare that much extra cash? A stability ball is a lot cheaper than a new desk, and depending on where you work, you could use it as a desk chair. “It will burn a few extra calories an hour, but its real benefit is building the core strength in your abdomen and back muscles,” Margolis says.

Or just set the timer on your computer calendar to go off every 50 minutes. When it rings, stand up and walk around your office for the next 10 minutes. (Get a cordless phone so you can keep up with your calls.)