Over the years I have been to the Cincinnati Zoo many times. I really enjoy the Cincinnati Zoo, especially the Festival of Lights.
More than once while walking around the Zoo, I would find myself thinking – this feels almost like a workout. So, I thought I would put it to a test and see exactly how hard I worked physically during a trip to the zoo. My intent was to visit the zoo in the same exact way as I always do. To be sure that I did not try to walk to fast, to try to work harder than normal, I took along my camera. I have posted some of the pictures I took on this post.
During my visit I:
Was there for 4 hours.
Watched 2 shows.
Stopped at almost every exhibit.
Took a couple of water breaks.
I did not really work that hard. I generally do not use “calories” as a definitive indicator of how hard worked, but for this experiment I thought it would be appropriate measurement. I used my “Polar” Heart Reat Monitor to track my numbers
Total Calories Burned: 720 Average Heart Rate: 72 Highest Heart Rate: 80
I have to rate a trip to the Zoo as “Great Physical Activity”, but I cannot consider it exercise with the intent of “physical improvement”. I do consider the trip to the Zoo as “Excellent” for mental wellness.Watching the animals is very relaxing and centering. I encourage eveyone to get out to the Zoo for some great physical activity, but you still have to get to the gym before or after your visit.