If you are anything like me you are not on a regular exercise plan and you struggle with ways to keep yourself on one. It’s not easy for everyone to do the right thing and it’s even harder when you have so many others things going on in your life. Family, work, stress, relationships…..not making excuses just listing some very important distractions that keep many of us from staying fit. Some of us need help.
Yes, we all know we need to be eating right and working out regularly but sometimes we can’t (or won’t) devote an entire hour our two to do it. When I do force myself to workout I get on the elliptical and burn anywhere from 360 to 400 calories. Good, I know but some weeks I do it 3 times and some weeks the elliptical doesn’t even SEE me. This back and forth has a lot to do with my knee problems/pain but that doesn’t mean I should stop trying to get it in.
I came across an article in Livestrong and think this could be a great way to get SOMETHING in everyday without much work.
1. Go for the Mile
On average, it takes one mile of walking or running to burn 100 calories. So, the faster you can complete a mile, the faster you burn those 100 calories. If you jog or run, it will take anywhere from 6-12 minutes to burn 100 calories, depending on your pace. If you walk, it will take you 13-20 minutes to burn those same 100 calories.
2. Don’t Sit — Balance!
Many of us spend most of our hours hunkered down in a chair at a desk behind a computer screen. So, even one simple change could have significant results. Simply swap your office chair with an exercise stability ball (like the bosu ball). This swap helps you burn an extra 4 calories per hour (32 calories in an eight-hour day and 160 more calories in a five-day work week). Try this five-minute workout to burn 100 calories and rev up your metabolism for the rest of the day — making it an exponential burn factor!
3. Drink Lots of Water
Thirst can be very deceiving. Many times when you think you are hungry, you are actually just thirsty. So drink up to reduce snacking, which can easily add up to over 100 calories per snack session (12 to 14 almonds are 100 calories.) Plus, you’ll be well hydrated which is good for your overall heath. Bonus: research shows that drinking cold water could raise your resting metabolism to approximately burn an additional 50 calories per day
4. Housework Calorie Burn Factor
Doing housework and running errands can give you quite a workout. According to Harvard Medical School, a 155-pound person could easily burn more than a 100 calories by doing one of these activities for 30 minutes:
• Food shopping – 130 calories in 30 minutes
• Heavy cleaning – 167 calories in 30 minutes
• Moving furniture – 223 calories in 30 minutes
• Playing with kids – 149 calories in 30 minutes
5. Jump Rope Workout
Stash a jump rope in your car, your purse or in your desk at work. When you have some time to kill, start jumping. A 140-pound person burns around 100 calories in just 10 minutes of jumping rope. Here is a great jump rope workout to try: Jump Your Way to a Hot Body Workout.
6. Dance Like No One’s Watching
Regretting that you opted for that caramel frappuccino rather than a black coffee? Turn on your stereo or iPod, and blast a song that gets you going, and you can dance off the extra calories in a 20-minute dance session. Have small kids? Dance with them in your arms and those calories will disappear even faster, not to mention tone and tighten those arms!
I hope this inspires you to get moving, get active, and feeling your best!
Some may be great for you but even if you are turned off by them the thought has crept into your subconscious and you may be on the hunt for other ways to burn 100 calories that require little to no effort. I’m really trying to up my fitness and I’m sure I”m not alone so let’s try this together and get fit at our own pace.
Let’s get fit together Naturals,