In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to forget to take care of our bodies. Making a salad takes so much longer than taking a detour through the fast food drive through. It’s easy to sacrifice that extra hour of sleep to watch an extra episode of your favorite television show. And what about those New Year’s vows to take regular trips to the gym every week? Exercise is important, and it shouldn’t be overlooked.
No matter how busy your life may be, it’s easy to fit in a daily exercise regime into your schedule – just check items off your to-do list! Turn your daily routine into a workout. These everyday activities burn the most calories.
All those laps up and down grocery store aisles can add up. Stroll at a steady pace through the store, but avoid speeding through the aisles in case of collision with others. Check the heaviest items off your list first – like cans, bulk items or whole watermelon – to add weight resistance to your carriage from the get-go. Grocery shopping for 30 minutes can help you burn up to 155 calories. Standing in long lines at checkout can burn an additional 56 calories.
Play the Day Away
The next time your kids are having fun in the backyard, join in! Play a round of hide and seek, try a game of soccer and toss a frisbee around. Not only does this get everyone’s heart pumping, but it also encourages some screen-free family bonding. An hour of playtime can burn nearly 300 calories. To burn even more calories, pick a game that involves running or jumping. Don’t forget to stretch first and be sure to stay hydrated.
Tidy Up Your Home
Cleaning the house may seem like a chore, but you can burn some serious calories with this activity. Whether it be dusting, mopping, sweeping or scrubbing, you can burn a boatload of calories depending on the intensity of your cleaning spree. Be sure to engage your core and bend at the knees as you tidy high and low surfaces and take a few extra climbs up and down the stairs. Put on some high energy music for motivation. Bust a dance move here and there to burn extra calories.
Fold the Laundry
Even a simple task like folding laundry can become a calorie-burner if you treat it like a workout. Folding clothes for 30 minutes can burn 70 calories. For a burning boost, fold laundry one item at a time and put it in its respective place. Doing lunges across the room to closets and dressers will engage key muscle groups, like your abdominals, glutes and quads. Albeit tedious, you’ll be able to check off another chore on your to-do list and be working up a sweat in no time.
Take Fido for a Stroll
Not only will you feel the burn with this everyday activity, but your furry friend will have a blast. Take a sidewalk stroll with your pup or take your dog to a pet-friendly park. Walking regularly has been proven to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and bone strength, prevent weight gain and increase energy, according to the American Heart Association. If you’re looking for a more intense workout, enjoy a brisk jog with your dog. You’ll both enjoy the fresh air and the chance to get your legs moving.
Work in the Yard
Spending time tidying up outdoors is a great way to stay fit and make your abode more eye-catching to the neighborhood. There are infinite possibilities for burning calories while working outside. Raking leaves, shoveling snow, pulling weeds and mowing the lawn with a push mower are great activities that burn calories. Tending the garden is a great way to get some outdoor fitness in, burning around more than 300 calories per hour. For an added health boost, plan to grow some healthy veggies for salads and dinner sides. Slather on the sunscreen and don’t forget to stretch first to avoid sore muscles.
Some Daily Extras
Want to maximize your daily calorie burn? There are changes you can make to your daily routine to keep you moving. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator can burn roughly 20 calories per two-minute stair climb. Riding your bike to work is better for the environment and your body. For a break from sitting stationary at your desk, try some chair yoga. If you treat your daily routine like a fitness plan, you’ll be burning extra calories in no time.
What everyday activities help you burn calories? Share in the comments!
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