Unexpected Ways to Burn Calories

Posted by M ws On Sunday, September 11, 2011 0 comments
Weight loss doesn’t have to involve countless hours sweating the calories off. The simple equation is that you have to use more calories than you consume to lose weight. Regular everyday activities, from getting ready to gardening to housework, or even sleeping, can all help burn hundreds of unexpected calories every day.
There's no way to give a universal answer to how many calories you will burn during a given activity because everybody burns calories differently – a heavier person will naturally burn more calories – but these activities are all guaranteed to add, rather unexpectedly, to your calorie burning count.

Get your teeth into it

Frequently when you open your mouth, you add to your calorie intake, but you can start to burn calories just by opening up and brushing your teeth. Brushing your pearly whites (two minutes minimum please) will burn around six calories. Brush your teeth several times a day and you’re multiplying this. To add to effectiveness, why not stand on one leg for one minute and then swap onto the other for a minute – this will burn an extra 20 calories.

Be house proud

Housework is a chore, but rather than dread it, use it as a workout. Dust for half an hour and burn around 80 calories; mop the floor for 15 minutes and burn around 70 calories – even more if you got at it extra vigorously. Vacuuming for 30 minutes will account for around 120 calories, and the same time spent ironing will burn around 75 calories.

Green fingers

If you’ve still got energy, you can move outdoors and look for opportunities to burn more calories. Digging for an hour could expend nearly 500 calories, mowing the lawn for 30 minutes burns over 100 calories – even more if you use a push mower – and if you lose the bag attachment you can spend another 20 minutes raking up, accounting for around 70 calories.

Your car awaits

Make a serious dent into your calorie intake by washing the car. If you do a proper job, both inside and out, this could take you up to two hours, during which you may have burned off more than 500 calories. And if you are extra proud of your set of wheels, you might want to go one step further and give it a nice wax too to up the calorie burning effect.

Shop to drop

Pushing a shopping trolley up the aisles for around half an hour will burn over 100 calories and this number will increase the more you put in your trolley and the heavier it gets (healthy low-calorie options only please). Make sure you pack your own shopping at the check out and take your goods to the car, remembering to take your trolley back, all to boost your calorie burn further. If you are just getting a few items, then shop with a basket rather than a trolley for maximum impact.

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