Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Calories Burned

A couple of weeks ago I did a drop in spinning class. I was interesting to find out how many calories I burned during the one hour class so did a Goggle search for calorie counters.

I found a link for a Calorie Calculator and not only found out how many calories I sweated off but also got a couple of good chuckles as well.

This site boasts over 70 activities from which to choose and calculate your caloric usage.

Most are to be expected...swimming, jogging, walking, aerobics and the such.

But when I really got looking at the list...I found a few...um, shall we say interesting, listings.

My two favorites are:

Kicking and Staking.

I am laughing right now just thinking about those two.

Let's start with kicking.

It does not say Kick Boxing, Karate or anything like that (those are actual separate activies). Just kicking. Who the hell walks around flailing their legs for exercise?

I've determined this MUST be when someone is pitching a fit and kicks in frustration.

For a 160 pound person who "kicks" for 30 minutes, you will burn 250 calories.

Good to know that when I get pissed off and kick, I am also getting a decent workout. (I figured out my tantrum-inclined son burns about 100 calories during a 'kicking' episode. )

Now...onto Staking.

Huh. I have really thought about this and the only thing I can come up with is that this is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer thing. She was always staking the vamps to kill them. So that HAS to be it right?

Let's say Buffy has a light night of staking vamps, only 30 minutes. Let's also say she weighs in at 115 pounds ($#@^& skinny Buffy). Buffy will only burn a mere 158 calories staking the bloodsuckers VS the 30 minutes of kicking for the heavier person.

(BTW according to Edward in Twilight, you can't kill vampires that way so she is wasting her breath and her time). Ha!

Stake THAT, Buffy.



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