Hey, just out of curiosity… On a scale from 1-10, how’s my dancing?
If you’re out and about during the days, you are burning more calories than you probably would realize. Engaging in regular incidental activities can burn calories (360 to 600) over a 12 hour day, which is as much as a workout at the gym. Even standing instead of sitting can burn calories (an extra 60) per hour.
Below you will find out 10 simple ways to burn calories as you go about your daily life…
If you have the choice of taking the lift or the stairs, go for the latter. Spending 5 minutes a day walking up the stairs burns calories (227 calories) in a week. Boost it up to a jog and you will burn calories (425), or the equivalent of two slices of ham and a pineapple pizza.
“I didn’t fall. The floor was lonely so I gave it a hug. Backwards. Down the stairs.”
20 minutes of vigorous vacuuming can burn calories (up to 100), according to nutritionists and personal trainers. Put some oomph into your housework by turning up the music.
“I’m going to start cleaning my house. And by cleaning, I mean drinking a beer and spraying everything with Febreze.”
Here is some great news for people on their feet all day; you’re burning calories, an extra 50-60 per hour. It’s probably the easiest incidental exercise to engage in, at home when watching TV or at the office when your on the phone or in meetings.
Crank up the tunes and get grooving. Dancing, even around your lounge room, for 20 minutes will burn calories, the same as a 20 gram kit kat. And when you go dancing all night… Well… You do the math.
“So I danced like no one was watching. My court date is pending.”
Walking is the easiest and the most simplest ways to fit exercises into your busy day. Replace your car with your shoes and you’ll burn calories (3-4 calories) a minute. Do that for 45 minutes and you’ve earned yourself a regular low-fat treat.
By washing your car yourself, by hand, not only are you saving money, but you will burn calories (around 105) for 30 minutes, which is the same as a chocolate muesli bar.
The next time you take your kids to the park, join the fun. Chasing after your little ones burn calories (about 180) in 30 minutes. Which is equivalent of a cadbury flake chocolate bar.
Be sure to get up during the TV commercials and skip until your show starts again. You will burn calories (about 113) in the ad breaks of a one hour show. That puts two tubes of chocolate mousse up your sleeve.
“Dear facewash commercials. No one actually splashes their face with water like that. Sincerely, my bathroom is now sopping wet.”
Next time you need to pick up something from a store, get on your bike and ride, instead of driving your car. A 10 minute cycling trip there and back, three times a week, burn calories (around 410).
Getting out into the garden really does burn calories that are considerable, too. But by mowing the lawn for 25 minutes you will burn calories (187 cals). Do that two times a month, and you’ve got a ticket for a guilt free apple pie.
“I’ll mow the lawn when they make a Swiffer for it.”