No time to exercise? Read on………..
Many people complain of not having enough time to do some work out at home due to their busy schedule. So, if time is what stands between you and working out regularly, you will be surprised to find out that many of your daily activities can actually count as exercise. With just a slight tweak, you will be well on your way to burning calories without losing too much time.
Here are seven daily habits that can help you burn calories without even realizing it.
Walking to your destination: Many people will prefer to take a bike for a 1km distance. Instead of taking a bike, why not walk to your destination. And if the weather is not ideal for walking, you can always do it in the evenings; like on your way back from work when it is breezy and you are not pressed for time. Walking helps you to burn about 40 calories.
Taking the stairs: Don’t always use the elevator, instead go for the stairs. The effects your body gets from stair climbing will work your quads, glutes, calves and hamstrings. According to Harvard Medical School, climbing stairs will help you burn calories two to three times faster than brisk walking on flat surfaces. This applies to even if you are climbing at a slow pace.
Cleaning: You will be killing two birds with one stone by cleaning your house. Turn the much-dreaded chore into a good workout by putting on some fast-paced music. Try to engage your different groups of muscles while doing things like mopping and scrubbing and you will notice your arms getting more toned over time.
Join the kids at the playground: Instead of watching over your children at playtime, why not join them in their fun and games? Playing games like catch with your little ones will bring you lots of joy and seriously burn some calories while you are at it.
Grocery shopping: Grocery shopping helps you to burn calories. Pushing your heavy shopping cart up and down through narrow aisles and weaving it in and out of the crowds are no easy feats. Carrying a basket to shop will burn even more calories and it’s a bonus when you walk home with your groceries.
Bike Riding: If it is too far to walk, opt for a bike instead. It is a fun and low-impact form of exercise suitable for many.
Cooking: Spending hours in the kitchen and whipping up a meal will definitely help you sweat it out. Increase the pace by putting on some upbeat music and you can burn more than 80 calories in an hour. Imagine the number of calories you will burn if you are the one who cooks every day.
Give this a try and thank me later.
By Mercy Kukah