Easy tips to keep you fit

The average persons stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps to walk five.But as Adrian found out this week, it is harder than you think to actually complete the 10,000 steps a day recommended to keep fit and healthy.

A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. I was pleased to see that Adrian did more than that, especially when its difficult to go on foot anywhere in Dubai without risking life and limb.

A reasonable goal for most people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 per day. Anyone who wants to increase their steps should build up slowly and there are loads of ways of doing it without having to go to the gym.

If you live on the 10th floor of an apartment block way not walk rather then take the lift, you could increase your steps by about 1,000 a day. How about parking as far away from the entrance to the mall as possible as opposed to driving round and round trying to find the nearest spot? Or what about getting up from the sofa to turn the TV channel, instead of using the remote?

These things might sound silly, but they will all add to your step amount and before you know it, you will be hitting the 10,000 target without even knowing it.

Housework: Half-an-hour of general housework can burn 117 calories for a woman and 180 calories for a man. If you add scrubbing the floor to that, you can burn 180 to 280 calories. Even the simple act of ironing can burn 65 to 100 calories in just 30 minutes. Gardening: Many people in Dubai hire gardeners to take care of their pruning and planting, but if you take the time to do them yourself, you can burn almost as many calories as someone in a gym.

For example, moderate gardening can burn 120 to 180 calories and weeding can burn 130 to 200 calories. Trimming hedges can burn 136 to 210 calories and mowing the lawn burns 175 to 270 calories. Other activities: Shopping for groceries can actually burn 78 to 120 calories in 30 minutes. Washing your car, another chore most of us like to leave to someone else, can burn 100 to 150 calories, while waxing the vehicle bumps up that calorie burn into the 130 to 200 range.

Dancing can also burn 130 to 200 calories in half-an-hour (but, obviously, not during Ramadan). Even climbing the stairs can burn 182 to 280 calories in only half-an-hour.

Housework: Half-an-hour of general housework can burn 117 calories for a woman and 180 calories for a man. If you add scrubbing the floor to that, you can burn 180 to 280 calories. Even the simple act of ironing can burn 65 to 100 calories in just 30 minutes.

Gardening: Many people in Dubai hire gardeners to take care of their pruning and planting, but if you take the time to do them yourself, you can burn almost as many calories as someone in a gym. For example, moderate gardening can burn 120 to 180 calories and weeding can burn 130 to 200 calories. Trimming hedges can burn 136 to 210 calories and mowing the lawn burns 175 to 270 calories.

Other activities: Shopping for groceries can actually burn 78 to 120 calories in 30 minutes. Washing your car, another chore most of us like to leave to someone else, can burn 100 to 150 calories, while waxing the vehicle bumps up that calorie burn into the 130 to 200 range. Dancing can also burn 130 to 200 calories in half-an-hour (but, obviously, not during Ramadan). Even climbing the stairs can burn 182 to 280 calories in only half-an-hour.