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Is Cooking A Good Workout?

The holiday season is full of big, filling meals. As the weather turns wintry, the meals become heavier and more involved. Unlike in the summer months, when you can throw together some sandwiches or a plate of fruit, winter meals take a lot more work. Most holiday meals are certainly high on calories, but is the actual cooking process a good workout? It could be.

Grocery Shopping
Before heading to the store, put on your nuyu™ Activity Tracker. As you walk around and pick out the best ingredients, check to see how many steps you've taken. If you have a local farmer's market, you could make a family trip out of it. It's also a great idea to go to a local orchard or farm and pick your own ingredients. When you get home, sync your tracker to the nuyu™ app and see how your grocery trip compares to previous excursions.

Meal Prep
When you're washing and peeling vegetables, do some toe raises to stay active. Just make sure you're focusing on the work at hand. The same goes for those moments when you have nothing to do - say, for example, while you're waiting for the oven to heat up or you're waiting for the butter to melt in the microwave. Use those moments to do a quick set of jumping jacks. The kitchen timer can be a great way to time your reps. How many squats can you do while the meat is defrosting?

Getting your kids involved teaches them the importance of healthy eating.Getting your kids involved teaches them the importance of healthy eating.

If you're making a huge meal, chances are good that you'll be moving around the kitchen like a pinball. Keep your nuyu™ Activity Tracker on to see how many steps you take around the kitchen. As you hop from the fridge to the oven to the counter, you're bound to rack up a good step count. And if there are a lot of things to lift, you'll burn all the more calories. Of course, it's also good to have help in the kitchen. If you have kids, encourage them to lend a helping hand. You can teach them about the importance of eating right and staying active.

Clean Up
After a big meal, it's unlikely you'll want to work out. Nevertheless, you can cool down with some breathing exercises as you wash the plates or load the dishwasher. Be mindful of your breathing and take slow, sustained breaths. By the time everything is cleaned up, you'll have gotten a great workout.