Friday, November 6, 2009

Fitmouse - A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action

Walt Disney World is the vacation kingdom of the world. That means food, glorious food. We all know how great and varied the choices are at The Mouse for calorie intake, but what about calorie expenditure? How can you find a balance and keep it under control while at WDW?

There are many ways, some obvious, and some not so obvious. In our new segment, Fitmouse, we'll uncover ways to stay fit amongst all these temptations. This usually means burning more calories than you take in - and it'll take more than a leisurely stroll around the 1.3 mile World Showcase Lagoon over the course of 4 hours for that to happen.

We also know that when at WDW, you're on vacation. And not everyone wants to pound away on a treadmill for an hour when there's so much to do! So that's why we're glad WDW has made being active at The Mouse easy and fun, and full of options.

One of the best ways we found to be active as a family is the Walt Disney World pedal boats. Now, this ride can as leisurely as you want, or you can make a true workout out of it. We've used the boats at the Caribbean Beach Resort (you can also rent them at Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian and several others), and it was a blast! Not only was the scenery wonderful, it was relatively cheap (about $6 per half hour - up to 4 people per boat) and a great workout! If you pedal at a decent clip, you'll get your heart rate up, your legs will feel it and you'll work up a sweat!

Give the pedal boats a try if you want a fun way for the family to stay active!

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