September 21, 2010

16 sneaky (easy) ways to blast extra calories every single day without ever hitting the gym.

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:27 PM by lanaholt

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1. Tag. Your Dog’s It! When you’re in your yard or a fenced-in park, get a head start on your dog so it’s chasing you. Then change direction so it races for you again.

2. Do the Bounce! Bounce seated on a big exercise ball while watching TV with the kids. 30 minutes on the stability ball can burn more than 100 calories.

3. Lunge for Coffee. Work out while the coffee brews. Do push ups agains the counter and squats.

4. March to the Music. Put on your iPod and listen to upbeat music when you’re on the treadmill and you’ll hardly notice the effort. Those who listened to rock or pop out-walked and outlasted those who listened to blah music or none at all.

5. Burn Through Doc Appointments. Instead of sitting in the waiting room during doctors’ appointments, power walk on the sidewalk while you wait. Give the receptionist your cell phone number, find a sidewalk where you can power walk, a flight of stairs that you can climb, or a wall where you can do wall squats.

6. Bike on Facebook. Check Facebook while riding the exercise bike. Use a laptop holder called a FitDesk. The longer on Facebook, the more calories burned.

7. Muscle Your Mop. Do lunges when moving the mop or vacuuming.

8. Laugh Your Fat Off! Watch an episode of Modern Family ?or whatever makes you hoot. A 2007 study at Vanderbilt University found that 10 to 15 minutes of laughing a day burns anywhere from 10 to 40 calories

10. Nurse Your Baby. Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories a day.

11. Do Leg Lifts At Your Day Job. Sneak side leg raises?sets of 15 per side.

12. Brush to the Rumba. Rumba for three minutes when you brush twice a day, and you’ll burn through 140 calories a week?or 10 calories every dancing brush.

13. Turn TV Ads Into Cardio Intervals. First TV break, upper body. Do eight push-ups. Rest a few seconds and repeat. Second break, lower body: Do lunges, squats, and glute bridges (i.e. lie on your back, knees bent, and lift your hips off the floor to work your butt muscles?but don’t lift so high that your back muscles take over). Third break, core. Do standard crunch sit-ups and forearm planks. Place your elbows directly under your shoulder, forearms and palms on the floor. Lift your body in a straight line, hold for five seconds, relax and repeat.

14. Jump That Rope! Twenty minutes of jump roping burns 239 calories.

15. Grab Some More ZZZs. Sleep deprivation is no good for your waistline. When healthy men and women slept only 5.5 hours a night for two weeks, they snacked on 200 more calories a day than they did on 8.5 hours of sleep. So, reset the alarm and snooze on.

16. Beef Up Your Baby. Add two six-packs of water bottles to the stroller when you’re walking your baby. Walk for a half hour and you’ll burn 180 calories with the added packs. No baby? Buy yourself a weighted vest at a sports store, load it with 10-15 pounds of weights, walk a half hour and you’ll accomplish the same thing?with no diaper-changing later.


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