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Timed exercises performed during food preparation are the topics of an interesting book, called Cookercise: The Cooking Workout. Program examples include doing knee-to-chest lifts while ingredients are simmering, straining the asparagus and slipping in one minute of tummy crunches or doing a shoulder workout while the chicken tenders are cooking.
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Exercise Book Mixes Cooking with Body Shaping
Dr. Diet weighs in:
Okay - so my first impression of this program was that it's quite strange and that I can't really see people doing this.
But then I realized that I always encourage people to "think outside of the box" when they're trying to fit in time for their healthier lifestyle behaviors.
This program takes the concept of multi-tasking (which busy people are all too familiar with) to a much higher level as it combines 2 distinct health-promoting behaviors – cooking and exercise - which can both be pushed to the wayside.
I really like the appeal of this program to families with children. If it can spark parents to encourage their children to learn some cooking and fitness skills at the same time, then this can be a win-win situation for everyone.
Many fitness crazes come and go but some can teach us to do things differently. Cookercise actually got me thinking about the kitchen timer and how setting it could help challenge ourselves and our children to spend those 20, 30 or even 60 minutes being more active and having fun together.