Written by Melinda Hershey, Health Educator
Little bursts of activity can really add up throughout the day, helping to rev your metabolism and turn your body into a fat-burning machine. Here are some small, fun ways you can work more movement into your life to incinerate 100 calories at a time.
*Estimated calorie burn is for a 150-pound woman. Individuals who weigh more will burn more calories for the same activity.
Exercise doesn't have to be a chore! Blast a mini-playlist of 4 of your favorite up-tempo tunes and get down. The harder you boogie, the more calories you'll burn, but 10-15 minutes of steady grooving on your living room dance floor will slash an average of 100 calories.
Now here's a convincing argument for the next time you think about taking an impromptu trip to the mall! Mall-walking and shopping will get rid of 100 calories in 40 minutes. Now that's a great deal!
Beautify your home and incinerate calories at the same time! Just over 20 minutes of light to moderate gardening will erase 100 calories. Here's to pretty flowers and a trimmer middle!
The next time a friend asks you to help them move into a new place, don't make excuses as to why you can't. It's the perfect opportunity to burn off some energy--plus, it's what good friends do! Moving involves a lot of lifting and hauling, which will eliminate 100 calories in just under 20 minutes.
Intervals are an efficient way to burn maximum calories in minimum time. The bursts of activity are intense, but short, which makes them fly by!
Try this quick routine: