I love living in a city, I love not having a car (not even a license), and I love walking, but sometimes it feels like the schlepping never ends. When I'm plodding home carrying my own weight in library books, gym gear, and groceries, I try to remind myself what a fabulous workout I'm getting — it makes me feel a little more like a badass, and a little less like a pack mule.
How much stuff do you lug around every day? I seem to carry a lot. I always have my gym or swim bag with me (I go before or after work), I often stop by the library after work (they only stock hardcover books), and the other night I totaled up the weight of my groceries (an average/light trip) to 14lbs. Almost all this stuff is being carried 2-8 miles per day, almost every day. Laundry days are even more gruelling, since I have to lug a 50lb suitcase of laundry a mile to the laundromat. It gets old, let me tell you… but it also burns lots of calories and builds strength! I like to think of it as urban backpacking.
I headed to the calorie-counting wizards at WebMD
for a breakdown of my errand running workout. Play along! (The calculations below were made using my own weight- your figures may be different.)
Carrying Groceries Home:
walking 3mph carrying <25lbs= 236 calories/hour
Carrying Groceries Upstairs:
walking while carrying 25-49lbs= 295 calories/hour
Carrying Laundry Upstairs:
Serious Laundry Trip:
walking while carrying 50-74lbs= 384 calories/hour
Carrying Serious Laundry Upstairs:
I couldn't find estimates for Pulling Luggage To BART Station
or Yearly Trip To IKEA
, but I'm sure the figures are impressive.
Does the constant schlepping (especially in the rain!) ever get you down, or do you power through it like a champ? Olympic Schlepping 2016!
(Image: Baggu Shopping and Grocery Bags)