Burn More Calories in Less Time

By Brittany Stubbs

Most people are aware of the benefits of exercise, yet so many people fail to fit it into their schedules. Even when you’re not at the gym, you’re still performing a number of activities that can potentially allow you to burn calories if you incorporate the right tricks. By becoming more active while you’re sitting at your desk, running errands, or watching television, you’ll maximize your time and benefit your body.

To discover some of the tip tips, we referenced Joan Price, a fitness professional and author of several books on health and exercise, including The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book: 300+ Quick and Easy Exercises You Can Do Whenever You Want. Price says research shows that exercise in a number of short sessions enhances health, keeps the heart and lungs strong, helps with weight loss, and decreases the risk of premature death and a multitude of lifestyle diseases. Price explains that incorporating little tricks such as pacing or doing push-ups against your desk while you’re on the phone, or doing knee-lifts while you’re waiting for documents to print, not only makes better use of your time, but makes staying active fun. These tricks accumulate to several hundred calories burned each day, as well as more energy and stress relief. Price says that no matter where she is or what activity she’s performing, she asks herself: “As long as I’m here, what else can I be doing?”

With this in mind, I compiled my own list of activities that most women do on a daily basis that can incorporate some exercise. Using these tips will help you burn extra calories without having to spend more time at the gym:

  • The powder room activities: Think about how many times a day you stand in front of a mirror. You brush your teeth, you wash your face, you wash your hands every time you use the restroom (hopefully), you brush your hair, etc. Now imagine if every time you did one of these activities, you did 5 to 10 squats. Granted, 5 to 10 squats isn’t much, but over the course of an entire day, this begins to add up. Now think about when you’re showering and washing your hair. Just imagine how many squats you can do while waiting to wash out that conditioner treatment.
  • Watching television: Whether you only watch TV when there’s a new episode of your favorite show, or you have the habit of retreating to the couch at the end of every day, make better use of your time in front of the tube by incorporating some exercise. Every time there’s a commercial break, get down on the floor and do abs work. Tempted to reach for a bag of chips while your watching the latest Housewives fight? Keep some weights nearby to reach for instead.
  • Dating: Who says building a relationship means less time for workouts? Instead of always going for a meal or high-calorie drinks, do something active with your date. Whether going for a hike, a walk in the park, or trying a new physical activity, you’ll benefit from your time together in both mind and body.
  • Housework: Whether you need to vacuum, dust, or do a few loads of laundry, put on a pair of ankle weights for some extra burn.
  • No shortcuts: I’m not the first person to tell you to take the stairs over the elevator, walk instead of drive, or park far away instead of next to the store, and I know I won’t be the last. The reason for this is because all these little decisions will add up to some significant results down the road.

Get creative and get motivated! And for more activities, you can check out The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book by Joan Price.

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