Decision time: to cook or exercise?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Decision time: to cook or exercise?
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 8:51am

Of course I am pretty sure I know what most everyone in our group would say to this question, but if you only had 45 minutes a day spare time, would you use it to fix dinner or exercise? Health Day News says, "Preparing meals can mean less time for exercise, according to a new study.Researchers analyzed U.S. Census data from more than 112,000 American adults and found that a 10-minute increase in meal preparation was associated with a lower likelihood of exercising for 10 more minutes.The finding was true for men and women, single and married people, and those with and without children, according to the Ohio State University researchers." MORE

Your thoughts? 

Community Leader

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 2:17pm

Both! I've talked about this before but I'd love to try out for the next Food Network Star and my show would be Cardio, Core and Cook.  I use my BOSU sometimes when I cook because I'm too short to reach the counter when I'm kneading bread or making pasta.  I tell clients that the kitchen countertop is perfect to do push ups and dips and leg raises. You can do high knees from station to station,  Jumping jacks as you stir the pasta.  My husband asked me if I'd encourage knife use while jumping..,LOL, maybe, maybe not but you can also cut in a lunge or squat!

Dinner is easy, though--pick up a rotisserie chicken and bag of salad. I'd choose working out.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 12:08pm

If I were a client, I'd probably suggest they use that time for cooking a healthy meal.  For me personally.... exercise will win every time because I know I can always have a protein shake or a peanut butter sandwich.  :P