Lives are busy and filled with endless chores, responsibilities, schedules. It’s easy to tell yourself you don’t have time to work out but the truth is that EVERYONE has time to be more active. You don’t need a gym. You don’t even need to squeeze one more minute out of your jam packed day. Below are seven ways you can burn HUNDREDS more calories per day.
Nothing better than a little multi tasking. Whether scrubbing floors or vacuuming, folding clothes or changing the bed, these activities burn calories. Amp up the burn by curling that basket of clothes, scrubbing a little harder, and lunging while vacuuming.[/one_half]
Ditch the elevator and take the stairs. Got a long phone call? Walk and talk. Find a like-minded buddy and take your breaks together while doing a brisk walk or jamming up and down a flight of stairs. Go online and find a desk workout you can do during down time. Work your body, not just your mind![/one_half_last]
In The Car
Turn up the radio and rock out! Ladies? Take command of those Kegels. Driving is also a great time to perfect that posture. Sit up straight! Stretching is also a good way to relieve tension and improve flexibility. Really want to burn those calories? Ditch the car and ride your bike to work.[/one_half]
In The Morning
Stretch. Stretching gets your sluggish, sleepy circulation moving. Do some quick push ups, sit ups, or jumping jacks. They will also help wake you up without the need for caffeine. Brushing your teeth or doing your hair is the perfect time to work your legs with squats, leg lifts, and calf raises.[/one_half_last]
In The Yard
Forget those loud power tools. Trim those shrubs manually, sweep the grass clippings, shovel the snow…use a push mower (gasp!). Remember your posture and form while doing yard work too. Don’t use your back for the heavy lifting or pushing, squat down and let those legs do the work.[/one_half]
In The Store
Forget the slow mosey down the aisles, power walk that store like you mean it! Carry a handheld basket instead of using the push cart. Switch arms to get an equal workout and say hello to some new bicep muscles. And don’t forget to park farther away in the lot.[/one_half_last]
In Front Of The TV
While it’s tempting to move only your fingers on the remote while sitting in front of the tube, this is a great opportunity to squeeze in some more activity. Instead of skipping over the commercial breaks or refilling your bowl of chips or ice cream, get up and move! Challenge yourself to do push ups until your show comes back on; or jumping jacks, or high knees, or crunches. Keep your body moving and keep those calories burning.