Hitting the mall needn’t just exercise your wallet; it can exercise your body as well. When you’re shopping, you burn calories getting to the store, walking through it, standing in line and carrying your purchases. Your calorie burn continues when you carry your purchases home and put them away. Your exact calorie burn will depend on your weight and what you do during your trip.
Walking through the store at a leisurely 2 mph burns around 200 calories per hour for a 150-pound person, according to the University of Hawaii Nutrition website. If you are a power shopper and walk a little faster, your calorie burn will be higher. Each time you reach, stretch and bend to access merchandise, you burn a few more calories. You can burn more calories during your shopping trip by taking the stairs rather than the escalator or elevator. Shopping for three hours mall walking at 3.5 mph could result in a calorie expenditure of 750 calories for a 150-pound person.Researchers calculated that around three hours of shopping could help burn off the 495 calories in a Big Mac. Two hours could work off the 283 calories in a typical latte coffee.
Standing in line for assistance or to pay for your purchases burns more calories than sitting, but fewer than if you are moving. For each hour you spend standing in line at the store, expect to burn about 175 calories if you weigh 150 pounds. You can add to the calorie burn by fidgeting, stretching your muscles or marching in place while waiting.Although nine out of ten women surveyed said they wore trainers or comfortable shoes for a big shopping session, two thirds said they didn’t count it as a valid form of exercise.
I prefer big outlet malls. More shops are better! I love shop sales because it’s the smart kind of shopping! My next post will be about my favorite sales and the way you can spend less on luxury designer clothing! Stay tuned! Xoxo
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