No time to get to the gym? These alternative ways to shape up can help you burn an extra 1500 calories a day without even trying. And there isn’t a treadmill in sight!
Fidgeting as you watch TV, sit at your desk or eat dinner burns calories as your body is constantly moving. In fact, you can burn up to 350 calories a day this way.
We’re not talking about Zumba or an aerobics class. Simply moving along to fast-paced music will increase your heart rate and burn calories. Dancing for 40 minutes can burn around 200 calories.
Your heart rate is significantly increased during sex, meaning you also burn calories. Studies have found that most couples burn an average of 300 calories an hour while they’re having sex.
Taking the stairs
Opting for the stairs over a lift or escalator is an easy way to get your heart pumping. And try running up and down them at home for an easy mini workout. You can burn 102 calories by walking up and down the stairs for 10 minutes.
Nothing boosts happiness like a good old laugh. But did you know that laughing also burns calories? In fact, if you get the giggles for just 15 minutes a day, you can burn up to 40 calories.
Cleaning, hoovering and tidying are all physical tasks which require you to be on the move — similar to working out. This means it’s an effective and easy way to burn calories. An hour spent dusting burns 166 calories, an hour of hoovering burns 175 calories and an hour of ironing burns 157 calories.
Playing with the kids
Chasing them around the park or even getting them ready for bed — because kids are constantly on the move, so are you! Just 20 minutes of running around after little ones can burn 78 calories.