Do You Consider Shopping to Be Cardio?

Yesterday may have been Black Friday, the shoppiest of all shopping days, but we all know that from now until the holidays, the malls are going to be nutso with people looking for the perfect gift and even the adequate-enough gift (usually what I succumb to after procrastinating gift buying until the last weekend—darn me!). Now many health experts say that walking around a store at a decent pace does count as activity, but we want to know your opinion.

  • Hells yes. I pump my arms, throw elbows to get to the best deal and even do Kegels while standing in line.
  • Sort of. It’s better than nothing, and any workout is hard to squeeze in during this time of year, so I’m counting it.
  • No way. Any energy I burn at the mall is quickly counteracted by the sweet allure and wafting aroma of the goodies at Cinnabon.

If you don’t see your perfect option above or would like to elaborate, post your comment below. Happy shopping everyone! —Jenn

Do like Madonna says: Express Yourself. Speak out about your food philosophy.

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  1. Marcy says:

    I say sort of. I walk fast, so does that count? LOL

  2. RunToFinish says:

    Hey just realized you are also here in the heart of the country. I made it out in the weather this morning for a run, but I’ll definitely be looking at your reviews for other things to do this winter.

  3. I Run for Fun says:

    I believe it is cardio, but I also find it much more strenuous than running. I get stressed out by shopping, believe it or not!

  4. Juliet says:

    Great question! I love that you asked it since I gave myself cardio credit for all the walking I did shopping with my mom last Friday. It must count for something!! Certainly not as good as a trip to the gym, but better than sitting at my desk or watching tv!

  5. GroundedFitness says:

    i wouldnt use it as a reason to skip the gym, but i used to wear a pedometer and you can easily rack up a few miles.

    Kelly Turner

  6. Crabby McSlacker says:

    I was just wondering this the other day! It’s so hard to figure out how much is walking time (counts) and how much is standing there time, muttering “what the heck is all this crap and why is it so darn expensive?” (probably doesn’t count).

    Did I mention I hate shopping? I’m hoping aggravation burns extra calories.