Calories Burned: Forget Jogging and the Stairmaster

A recent report by the Southern California Medical Association pointed out that proper weight control and physical fitness cannot be attained by dieting alone.

People who spend most of their day behind a desk face a particular problem in losing weight. Too many of these people fail to realize that calories can be burned off by the hundreds by engaging in strenuous exercises that are common for office workers:

Activity Calories Burned
Beating around the bush 75
Jogging your memory 125
Jumping to conclusions 100
Climbing the walls 250
Swallowing your pride 150
Passing the buck 25
Grasping at straws 75
Beating your own drum 100
Throwing your weight around (depends on weight) 50-300
Dragging your heels 100
Pushing your luck 360
Making mountains out of molehills 500
Hitting the nail on the head 50
Spinning your wheels 145
Flying off the handle 225
Turning the other cheek 50
Wading through paperwork 300
Bending over backwards 75
Jumping on the bandwagon 100
Balancing the books 335
Beating your head against a wall 450
Patting yourself on the back 25
Sticking your neck out 980
Racing against time 400
Running around in circles 215
Chewing nails 85
Eating crow 190
Fishing for compliments 35
Tooting your own horn 50
Climbing the ladder of success 550
Pulling out the stops 100
Adding fuel to the fire 85
Pouring salt on a wound 30
Wrapping it up at day’s end 12
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