At times, it feels as if there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Between work, kids, a social life and boring daily responsibilities like making dinner, it is hard to fit in a calorie-burning workout each day. Don’t sweat it; there are some simple everyday things you can integrate into your day to make sure you up your calorie burning count.
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1. Ditch Your Car
Do you live within biking or walking distance from work, your child’s school or shops to check off your errands? If the answer is yes, then ditch your car and put on your walking shoes! You will save gas and increase your calorie burn. The American Heart Association suggests you take 10 thousand steps a day to keep your heart healthy; those 10 thousand steps will also keep your body looking good. Invest in a pedometer or download a step counter onto your smartphone and don’t stop your daily movement until those 10 thousand steps are checked off (1).
2. Start Your Day With Weights
Weight training increases the size and strength of muscles. Muscles burn more calories than fat does. Begin each day with some light weight training to kickstart your calorie burning. You can even add ankle weights or a weighted vest to your outfit and increase the amount of work your body has to do during everyday tasks. Start light and increase as you begin to acclimate to the extra gravitational force. It is a subtle, inexpensive and easy way to burn more calories.
3. Do Your Own Chores
If you want to save money and lose weight, then start doing your own chores. Mow your own lawn, sweat it out and burn off the pizza you ate last night. Lug that vacuum around the house to get your floors clean and heart rate up. Dust, take down all the blinds and clean the windows, make the beds, wash your car. Your home will be shiny clean, your wallet will be nice and full, and your calories will melt away.
4. Find a Happy Hour/Date Night Alternative
Girl’s night out, date night and happy hour can be the most fattening events in your week. So instead of drinking empty calories and filling up with fattening food, try doing something healthy. Walk to dinner with your sweetie pie and pick a healthy restaurant that serves fresh veggies, high protein and nutrient rich food. Instead of sitting in a movie theater, go out dancing or to a kickboxing class together. You will have a great time shedding the pounds while spending quality time with your guy or gal. Instead of heading out to happy hour with the ladies, hit the gym together and laugh your little butts off while taking Zumba. Take a yoga class, then grab a yummy salad after. Make smart choices for entertainment so that your figure doesn’t have to pay for it the next day!
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5. Take Breaks
Sitting at a desk all day can wreak havoc on your physical body by cramping up your muscles and growing your waistline. Keep in mind that sitting 8 hours a day will not help you burn calories. Set a timer, every hour take 5 minutes to do pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, squats or take a brisk walk. If you have stairs at your work, walk up and down them several times for 5 minutes every hour or so. Your mind and body will thank you. It will break up the monotony of your day and increase the amount of calories you burn.
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Keep in mind that movement burns calories. So increase the amount of movement you do each day. With a little time and a little more effort, your everyday life can be a calorie-burning extravaganza.
What do you do daily to burn those calories? Comment below.