Not only will getting more physical help you burn calories, but it will also help prevent you from consuming more calories! Here are three ways in which you can get more physical:
1. Wash something thoroughly once a week for example, the floor, a couple of windows, the bathroom tiles, or your car. A 68kg person who puts on the rubber gloves and exerts some elbow grease will burn about four calories for every minute spent cleaning, says Joan Salge Blake, R.D., clinical assistant professor of nutrition at Boston University College. Scrub for 30 minutes and you could work off approximately 120 calories, the same number of calories in half a cup of frozen yoghurt.
2. Make one social outing a week an active one. Pass on the movie tickets and screen the views of a local park instead. Not only will you be moving up and about, but you’ll also be saving calories as you won’t be munching away on popcorn and other unhealthy snacks. Plan a tennis match, sign up for a guided nature or city walk, go cycling or join an athletic team.
3. Take a walk before dinner. You’ll do more than burn calories – you’ll cut your appetite as well. In a study of 10 obese women conducted at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, 20 minutes of walking reduced calories and increased sensations of fullness as effectively as a light meal.