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10 Ways to Burn More Calories

We're all looking for ways to burn more calories on a daily basis. Sure you can sheer three sheep, but how practical is that really?

Luckily eDiets has come up with this practical list of 10 ways to burn more calories throughout your day:

  • When you first wake up, commit to 10 minutes of continuous exercise Choose only three movements and perform each in succession without stopping for 10 minutes. For example, you can perform modified push-ups on Monday, followed by crunches for your abs followed by stationary lunges. On Tuesday, you can perform free-standing squats with hands on hips, double crunches for abs and close-grip modified push-ups (hands 3-inches apart) for your triceps. All in 10 minutes! Just take a quick breather when you need it.
  • Perform timed interval walking in your neighborhood or at lunch. If it takes 10 minutes to walk to a certain destination near your office or in your neighborhood, try to make it in eight minutes. You can also do this first thing in the morning before work as well as on your lunch break.
  • If you have stairs in your home or in your work place, commit to taking the stairs a specific number of times. Tell yourself that you’ll take the stairs six or eight times (no matter what).
  • While seated, perform some isometric exercise to help strengthen and tighten your muscles. For example, while in a seated position, simply contract the abdominals for 30 seconds while breathing naturally. You can also tighten and contract your legs for 60 seconds. Perform about three sets per area. You’ll feel your muscles get tighter in just three weeks if you perform this a few times per week.

There are six more ideas, so

  • For about $15, you can invest in a pedometer. It’s a small device you can carry that records the amount of miles you walk per day. Each week simply try to add just a bit more to the mileage. For example, let’s say you walk one mile total during the day in the normal course of activities. Simply try to make it two miles total the following week. Just make a game of it. You'll burn more calories.
  • Tired at night and just want to sit in front of the TV? Try this technique: take periodic five-minute exercise breaks and perform some muscle-stimulating and calorie-burning exercise. For example, take five minutes and perform only ab crunches. Then, when it's time for another five-minute exercise break, perform modified push-ups for five minutes. Then for a final five-minute break, perform stationary lunges. Try to do as many as possible in five minutes and try to beat your amount of reps during each subsequent break. It won’t seem daunting because it’s only five minutes at a time, split over a 30 or 60 minute timeframe. Instead of rest breaks, you’ll take exercise breaks. You don’t really need to watch that new commercial do you?
  • How about performing one exercise movement per day for 7 to 10 minutes? For example, Monday: free-standing squats for seven minutes. Tuesday: chair dips for seven minutes. Wednesday: crunches and hip lifts off the floor for seven minutes. Thursday: modified push-up for seven minutes. Friday: stationary lunges for seven minutes. It’s quick, simple and teaches consistency.
  • Want things even simpler? Take the longest route every time you have to walk somewhere -- even if it’s to a co-worker's office.
  • Double-up the stairs. Every time you take the stairs, simply take a double step or every other stair. It will be just like lunges and the Stairmaster combined. Great for the legs and butt.
  • Perform any of the above with your spouse or a friend. I’m sure you can find someone who is in the same situation. The support will give you more motivation and you just may find that you can create even more workout time for yourself.
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courtney422 courtney422 10 years
I definitely will try some of these!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 10 years
The problem with me is that I always FORGET to do these little things, so the whole day will go by and I'll be like "Oops, I forgot to do 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there" Also, we dont' have stairs at work, there are only emergency's sooo annoying
SassyRedhead SassyRedhead 10 years
I always try to do little things like barely notice them but they add up!
maryjosie maryjosie 10 years
I've tried taking the stairs at work, but when your cube is on the 9th floor... OMG!! Maybe i'll work my way up to it by combining it with the elevator. :D
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Awesome! Thanks, Fit!
lady-T lady-T 10 years
i usually walk to many pplaces (no car YET) but if im going somewhere important i take the shortest because ill end up all sweaty by the time i get there if i take the long way!!
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
Wow, if you can do 82 min on the elliptical then rachelattack is are probably not making it "hard" enough on yourself. I run 6 days a week but when I set up the elliptical and do it the "right" way, I am tired by the end of 40 min.
baby-doll baby-doll 10 years
Thanks for the tips! I'm probably going to forget to always take the longest route whenever I'm heading anywhere. But for sure i'll use the double step method, i always did it before reading this article. And I didn't know it was good for you :D I always took two steps at once cause I was lazy to go up a step one by one everytime.. talk about lazy haha.
audreystar audreystar 10 years
i need to try all of these.
rachelattack rachelattack 10 years
@giasbash6260 That's awesome that you're so motivated, but my trainer told me when I gushed about doing 50 minutes that, if I could do 50 minutes, I was "probably doing it wrong". Turns out, most folks at the gym don't know how to use elliptical trainers properly, but it's easy to fix (if NOT easy to do). Basically, your head should never bounce, you should be able to balance a book. He explained that if you can actually read a magazine as you're working out, you're wasting your time. I tried the elliptical HIS way and it damn near killed me to get to 15 minutes. I've saved myself tonnes of time and I'm seeing results MUCH faster now. And I don't have to spend all day at the gym!
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
I get alot of exercise and drink water instead of colas.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 10 years
I do not understand how people cannot execise! The aftermath is AMAZING! I just did 82 minutes on the elliptical trainer & feel so good I am going to do some more....I do this every day too! Wahoooooo.... HAHA!
Green Green 10 years
I will definitely do double step. I usually do 5 flights twice a day.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
great ideas! Thanks!
absolut_lauren absolut_lauren 10 years
I'm exhausted when I get home from work, so the 6th tip is a great idea for me.
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