Here in the Midwest we are still stuck in winter, like a lot of the country. And getting the opportunity to get outside for some physical activity is nonexistent unless it is shoveling snow or scraping ice off of the car. So exercising at the indoor mall sounds fabulous. Yes, window shopping can be exercise.
Something that many of us find enjoyable is shopping. Although we may not consider this to be a physical activity, the fact of the matter is that we can actually expend a lot of energy shopping. We don’t even need to buy anything in order to burn these calories; some simple window shopping is all that is necessary for us to get fit if we do it on a regular basis. Walking around at the mall is something that we can do in a comfortable environment and all that eye candy keeps us entertained and not focused on the physical effort. Window shopping doesn’t feel like exercise at all.
Do not sabotage your physical activity and calorie burn with eating while you walk. You must avoid food temptations. Eat something healthy before you arrive and don’t plan on eating while you are at the mall.
Do not spend money you do not have. Window shopping may be great for the body but it might be rough on our wallet. This is an activity that can certainly help us to get in shape but it is not something that we should undertake on a regular basis if we have a difficulty saying no. Make sure that you are not damaging yourself financially in an effort to help yourself physically.
There are a couple of different things that you should keep in mind when you are concerned about the level of physical activity that you’re getting. First of all, it is best to exercise on a regular basis. The fact of the matter is any activity that gets us moving is better than staying stationery. And that includes shopping without purchasing a thing. A good way for us to make sure that we are getting enough activity on a regular basis is to incorporate it with something that we enjoy, like shopping.
So next time you want to get together with a friend, instead of heading to a restaurant head to the mall and chat while you stroll.