Shop ‘Til You Drop (Weight)

Turns out, a little (or a lot of) shopping could actually be good for you. Well, for your body, not your closet, that is. A new study from the folks at The Skinny Cow (yes, the low-fat flying saucer makers!) says the average woman burns off approximately 48,000 calories a year shopping—shopping for clothes, food, etc. And, FYI, your credit card needn’t get a workout at the same time, either—buying doesn’t up your calories burned. Here’s the thing: women make up to 132 shopping trips each year, which equals an annual total of 159 hours and 56 minutes walking at a decently fast pace. And if shoppers burn about five calories a minute, that’s 47,700 calories in a year. The fact that shopping burns calories isn’t all that new to me (it’s a lot of walking, after all), but the sheer amount of calories burned is completely astounding! Maybe I should window-shop more often—er, if I could battle all that pretty dress and shoe temptation. [Daily Mail]

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