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The Simplest Methods To Burn The Calories

Updated on April 17, 2013

Finding the time to fit in a work out or a little exercise can be difficult. Everyone is busy going to work, looking after the kids or looking after their house and most find it really difficult to find an extra 30 minutes to work out. It doesn’t help when there are so many tempting foods and dishes out there and to be honest, eating the right foods are never easy. Trying to eat the right food isn’t easy either and it can be frustrating.

It is so difficult to actually start eating healthily and get to work out. It’s hard to fit in time when there just doesn’t seem to be any leftover in a day; and really, its quicker to go to a takeout restaurant than preparing and cooking a healthy meal from scratch.

However, burning the calories you want to burn each day doesn’t need to be difficult. In fact, burning excess calories can be actually quite simple and there are many ways for you to do so.

Burning Calories Quickly

  • 10-20 Minute Walk

Instead of sitting down to eat lunch, eat lunch on the go. You can burn up a good 50 calories with a five or ten minute walk and if you walk longer, you could end up burning almost 100 calories. During your lunch breaks, try walking for 10-15 minutes. You can burn more calories and eat on the go, though, don’t overdo things. Try to eat something light then go for a 10 or 20 minute walk.

If you walk faster, then you will burn more calories but take things at your own pace. Don’t push yourself too much at first until you are ready because you don’t want to hurt your legs or feet. Take things slow and if you are a stay at home parent, you can maybe go for a walk to the local park with the kids and take gives you exercise also.

If you are a stay at home parent, you could burn off excess calories by playing with the kids. You can run around with them in the garden, play skipping with them or even take them to a gymnastics class. You can actually burn around 100 calories when you play with the kids for 20 or 30 minutes. Even playing with the family pet can really burn up calories.

  • Burning Calories At Home

It is possible to burn off calories at home. You mightn’t think that especially if you are a stay at home parent but it’s possible to burn up some calories. First of all, cleaning can be a great calorie burning exercise. Now, no one might think this but strenuous cleaning can really help you to burn up dozens of calories. Remember, this is something that you do every day anyway, so you can burn up extra calories by cleaning.

You don’t need to clean all day long but for a good 10 or 20 minutes can really help. Though, a great method is vacuuming the entire house. This doesn’t usually take more than 15 or 20 minutes and you could burn over 100 calories!

  • Eating Correctly?

You don’t have to exactly cut out everything which is considered bad for you. Of course there are a lot of people who choose to avoid the fatty foods and all of the foods considered to be unhealthy but making small subtle changes can help greatly.

Firstly, try to avoid snacking between meals. If you are hungry after lunch, try to eat a piece of fruit rather than sweets, candy or chocolates. Of course, having more temptations in your home can be too much for some, so try to not stock up on sweets or chocolates. That doesn’t mean you can never eat another sweet treat again but try not to eat as much. It will help to stop adding more calories.

With drinks, try to avoid drinks which are high in sugar. For example, cola and fizzy drinks are quite high in sugar and fats which only add more calories. So, if you can, try to take bottled or fresh tap water than fizzy drinks. If you drink more water, preferably ice cold, before meals, it helps to burn calories. Drinking cold water also helps to fill you up which is a good thing if you are trying to cut the calories down because you will be fuller quicker.

A lot of people drink tea and coffee which can be great to help burn the calories but don’t add sugar or sweeteners.

  • Walking Everywhere?

If you usually drive to the shops on a daily basis, try to avoid taking the car. Instead, walk. A good 15 or even a 30 minute walk will really help to burn up the calories and walking to the shops and back again will double the amount of calories you can burn. It’s the same method when you are out and about; if you usually take the elevator or escalators, choose the stairs. This might not seem to burn up a lot of calories but every little helps.

You could also take your family pet out for a walk. If you have a dog, which always need a lot of walking anyway, you can take them for a walk and burn up the calories at the same time.

  • Squeeze In The Exercise When You Can

If you don’t have a pet to take out or just don’t need to walk to the shops every day, there are other methods for you. You could instead look to strength training. Even 15-20 minutes of light strength training such as push ups, lunges, sit ups or step ups can burn over 100 calories. You could try this first thing in the morning and later after lunch and you can burn off both your breakfast and lunch! Though, don’t try too much at once. Don’t push yourself if it means you will be hurt.

If you work from home or are at a desk for long period of time, try some light exercises with your legs and feet. You can do leg lifts and burn some extra calories when you are talking on the phone or even typing on a computer. If you watch a lot of television, do some light exercises during the breaks and commercials.

You could even dance while you are getting ready in the morning or when you are preparing meals. You don’t need to dance for huge amounts of time because you are working your body so more calories can be worked off and it’s fun to do! Why not dance while cleaning the dishes, turn up the radio and dance away.

  • Other Methods

There are plenty of alternative methods to help you burn up more calories.

If you are a good cook or just love to cook, why not try making fresh meals from scratch. This way, you can prepare the meal which helps to burn more calories and you can cut out some of the fat that might be in some readymade meals.

If you are someone who has the heating turned up constantly, try turning down the heating. If you do, you will become cooler but your body works harder to heat you and burns the calories.

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    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      The message here was loud and clear...exercise often. And the point of the ten minute walk is well taken. Taking a ten minute break each hour to do something that involves moving is a good way to get calories to burn off. Besides it is mentally stimulating as well.

      Recently I have begun to walk to many stores near my home rather than taking my car. Thanks for the good suggestions.

      Angels are on the way to you today :) ps