Want to burn a few extra calories? Whether you made it to the gym or had to skip your workout, there are always days when we’d like to burn a few extra calories. Not to use it as an excuse to eat more calories though 😉
Get in the Mile
Typically, it takes one mile of walking and/or running to burn 100 calories. A mile takes anywhere from 8 to 20 minutes, depending on running or walking speed. So get moving!
Swap Sitting for Balance!
Most people sit for the better part of the day. You’ve probably heard of taking standing breaks during the day. Why not step it up and try balancing instead of just standing? Take it slow just lifting one foot slightly off the ground. Work up to balancing on each foot for one minute. One of the first things to decline as we get older is our balance and that causes many issues and potentially injuries. Try standing and balancing for 10 minutes at least 4 times a day to burn an extra 100 calories.
Drink A LOT of Water
Thirst is often confused with hunger. If you are well hydrated, you’re less likely to confuse hunger with thirst, saving at least 100 calories in needless snacking.
Clean the House!
While doing your errands and cleaning your house, it might make you work harder to know that your burning at least 100 calories. “According to Harvard Medical School, a 155-pound person could easily burn more than a 100 calories by doing one of these activities for 30 minutes:”
• Food shopping – 130 calories
• Heavy cleaning – 167 calories
• Moving furniture – 223 calories
• Playing with kids – 149 calories
If you’ve jumped rope lately, you know how quickly it can get your heart pumping. A jump rope is also an easy prop to have in your car or work bag or desk. It’s tough at first, but start with one minute and build up from there. You can also throw in some jumping jacks if you need a break from jump rope. It’s estimated that a 140-pound person burns about 100 calories in about 10 minutes while jumping rope.
Have a Dance Party
Turn on your favorite song and get crazy! If you have kids, dance with them or pick them up and melt those calories faster. It takes about a 20 minute dance session to burn 100 calories.
Try to incorporate as many 100 calorie activities into your day as possible.
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Live Strong; 6 Quick and Easy Ways to Burn 100 Calories. Last Accessed 17th July 2013