There’s no big secret that were all too busy for our own good. We struggle to set time aside to concentrate on our own health and wellbeing. In recent years surveys have calculated that less than a quarter of American adults meet the guidelines for adequate exercise. It sounds like were fighting to keep off calories on every front, and trust me, every single one counts. I’d like to tell you about 8 simple lifestyle changes that burn over 100 calories in no time. 100 calories may not sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but they add up quick.
1 – Your Chair Called, And It Sounded Really Tired
Get up out of your chair! If you have a job that requires you to be stuck in front of a computer screen, that doesn’t mean that you have to be sitting down.
A person who is standing up can burn upwards of 50 more calories per hour than someone sitting. That adds up quick. In just two hours you’ve burned 100 calories. Let’s say you have to make a phone call or use the bathroom. Use that time to pace around for extras.
If you have to sit then use a stability ball or BOSU. It will force you to engage your core muscles as you sit there.
2 – Your Legs Were Built For Walkin’
Why are you shaking your fist at that person who took the closer parking spot?! You should really be fighting for the farther ones, to be honest.
A 180 pound person burns an average of 100 calories per mile that they walk. A mile isn’t that far. If you park far from your destination frequently, by the end of the week you can probably rack up a couple miles of walking.
3 – Stairs Of Opportunity
Jesse Reno and Charles Seeberger need to come back here and apologize to everyone for inventing the escalator. Is using your own legs really that miserable?
The heavier you are, the quicker you will burn calories climbing stairs. This will get you to the 100 calorie mark rather quickly.
You burn about 366 calories per hundred pounds of body weight, per hour. That means a 150 pound person would burn over 100 calories in less than 12 minutes of climbing stairs. That’s pretty efficient.
4 – Yumm…Water!!!
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Drinking cold water forces your body to increase it’s metabolism. Why? Because the water has to be warmed up before it can be absorbed into the body. The amount of calories that this takes up is really insignificant though.
Water doesn’t exactly burn calories for you, but it can save you from them. Staying hydrated will reduce the hunger mechanism. That will keep you from wanting to snack on things which will spare hundreds of calories from your diet.
5 – Anyone Up For Some Double Dutch?
Get in touch with your inner child and start jumping rope again, like I’m sure you used to do back in grade school. Back then I bet you had no idea you were actually working out!
In just 10 minutes a 140 pound person can reach the 100 calorie mark. That’s fast! The best part is that jump ropes are super cheap and portable.
6 – The House Won’t Clean Itself!
Don’t put off the mess. Clean up more often and look at it as a calorie burning investment. Almost anything you can think of like scrubbing things, grocery shopping, moving furniture, and playing with kids, all burn over 100 calories in less than half an hour.
7 – Faster, Faster, FASTER!!!
Sprinting isn’t just limited to running. You can do sprints on a bike, elliptical trainer, or swimming. Sprinting is a way to increase the calorie output of cardio exercises and get it done in a shorter period of time. Not to mention, higher intensity exertion uses more fat as an energy source rather than glycogen.
8 – Tabata Training
Tabata workouts are another way to rev up the intensity of workouts and decrease the time in the gym. Basically what you do is pick one or two exercises. Go all out for 20 seconds and then rest for 10. It typically only takes 4-10 minutes to be completely spent, if your doing it right.
I hope you liked this article and enjoy using these 8 lifestyle changes to burn 100 calories or more. If you get into a habit of doing these things the calories will add up quick. If you have a second, please share this on facebook. You might also like 5 Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Muscle Soreness.