Burn A Hundred Calories
- Pace while you talk
Whether you’re arranging play dates, paying bills, or in the office, take calls on a mobile or cordless phone, and use talk-time as an opportunity to pace around.
- Turn Up the Music
Vacuuming up dog hair for the umpteenth time this week isn’t exactly enjoyable, but you might as well make count. Blast your favourite upbeat tunes next time you do household chores, and you may just break a sweat. “If the movement is twisting-oriented, you more than likely will move your body faster while doing the unpleasant activity,” says Hand.
- Be a Fidgeter
Good news for those who just can’t seem to sit still. Channeling nervous energy into leg shaking, arm tapping, and other light movements almost doubles the amount of calories expended. A 150-pound woman burns 34 calories quietly watching TV for 30 minutes as compared to 60 calories when lightly fidgeting.
- Spice things up
When you bite into a really hot pepper, you may notice sweat building on your nose, and feel as if your body is heating up. Studies have found that using a half-teaspoon of cayenne pepper naturally raises your metabolism, so for dinner tonight, consider south-western chicken.
- Stand Up while you wait
It may be unrealistic to install a standing desk at your workstation, but staying upright is a must in our largely sedentary daily lives.
Standing burns 33 percent more calories than sitting, says Glassman, so skip collapsing onto the folding chairs while waiting for your doctor, or lounging on the bleachers during your son’s soccer game.
- Sleep throughout the night
Add this to the list of reasons to hit the sack. When you get adequate rest, your levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, go down, meaning you’ll eat less without trying. Experts estimate that compared to getting seven-to-eight hours of sleep per night, the risk of developing obesity rises 23 percent with just six hours of sleep, 50 percent with only five hours, and 7 percent with just four hours of Zs each night.
- Whip up a delicious meal
Putting food on the table can feel like yet another job, but at least it’s one that’s beneficial to your health. Chopping, sautéing, and assembling for 45 minutes burns 102 calories. Bonus points if you walk to the local farmer’s market to pick up the ingredients, and cook a hearty, fresh meal.
- Chew your food
A medium-size apple is 60 calories, and you’re better off chomping on it than you are drinking 60 calories worth of apple juice. This process, called thermogenesis, also kicks in when you eat high-protein fare like meat, dairy, and legumes.
- Jump Rope
All those childhood games of double dutch never felt like exercise, but little you was getting a serious cardio workout. Jumping rope for as little as 10 minutes helps a 150-pound woman shed 113 calories. Belting out your favourite rhymes is optional.
A calorie-busting move that doesn’t actually involve moving at all? Sign us up! A short meditation, even if it’s an just an eight-count breath in and out, helps reduce stress, and lowers cortisol. When you decrease stress, your hormones are in a better place to burn calories.
- Go fish
And we’re not talking about the card game. For a whole different kind of weekend afternoon, stand by the riverbank and spend 25 minutes with your pole in the water. A 150-pound woman will burn 99 calories in that time — and perhaps come home with a tasty dinner.
- Laugh out loud
Whether it be a girls night, watching the ridiculous new imitation your kid picked up, or a Modern Family marathon, giggling is good for your mind and body. According to a study conducted at Vanderbilt University, the average adult burns 1.3 calories per minute from chuckling.
- Visit the bowling alley
Today’s bowling leagues bear little resemblance to the ones to which your dad disappeared when you were a kid. These now-retro date spots are the perfect place to indulge your competitive streak — and to toss 102 calories into the gutter in a half-hour.
- Take the stairs
In the same time you waste waiting for the elevator to come, you could be improving your physique. Climbing stairs burns seven-to-10 calories per minute, and climbing down burns about one-third of that, says Keri Glassman.
- Take a pre breakfast walk
Once you rise, shine, and chug your morning coffee, head out for a walk around the neighbourhood. You’re going to boost your metabolism, and start burning calories left over from the day before. A 20-minute, moderately paced walk can easily torch 100 calories.