Losing Weight with Geocaching
*Always talk to a doctor before starting a weight loss regime, the content here, and the links provided should not be seen as a substitute for professional guidance from a trained physician
What is geocaching but walking/hiking with a purpose?
It seems like everywhere you turn these days, there is someone else trying to sell you the latest fad diet, nutrition supplement or ready-made meals. The weight loss industry is huge; in fact according to some sources we found American’s spend over 42 BILLION dollars a year to this end. With these tough economic times people are often cutting their gym memberships from their budgets in order to makes ends meet. So where does that leave us? Geocaching is free (well has minimal costs once you have a GPS) AND great exercise.
Obesity is in no way an America only problem, according to a recent fact sheet published by WHO (World Health Organization) there were 1.5 billion adults overweight across the entire planet! Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/index.html
The sad fact is that we don’t really need special diets or fancy workout equipment to achieve our weight loss goals; we just need to eat better foods and be active. (And most people know that without having to spend a lot of money to learn it) We have heard through our travels and conversation with fellow geocachers that a lot of people have lost weight while geocaching. Think about it this way, if you are a man of about 200 lbs and you walk at a moderate pace while out searching for a geocache, at no incline – you are burning roughly 300 calories an hour. The longer, faster or more challenging your search, the more you burn! (You can get a full listing of calorie burn per hour here: http://www.nutristrategy.com/caloriesburned.htm)
Losing weight is nothing more than a math problem, in order to see results you need to burn morn calories than you take in. In order for a person to lose 1 pound of fat they need to burn roughly 3500 calories. If you took the above example of 300 calories for 1 hour of geocaching a day, and controlled your eating so that you didn’t exceed a normal level of calorie intake, (visit this link to see an estimate of how many calories you should be eating a day: http://walking.about.com/cs/calories/l/blcalcalc.htm) that means you could lose a pound every 12 days – just from doing something you love! No hours at the gym on a treadmill going nowhere! Use the websites above to figure out the correct numbers as they pertain to you, and get out there geocaching!
Thanks for reading! Have you lost weight geocaching and would like to share your story? Please post a comment below, contact us through our “contact us” page or post on our Facebook wall. We would love to hear your story, and if we like it enough and you’re agreeable, we’ll post it on here for others!