Research shows that people who are physically active can burn up to 300 extra calories during the day. But what are calories and how do they affect us? The amount of energy stored in foods or drinks are measured in calories. Our bodies need this energy to keep our organs functioning well and this energy is used up through everyday movements such as breathing or exercising. If we eat more calories than our bodies use, this can lead to weight gain. Let’s look at some habits you can incorporate into your everyday life to burn a few more calories so you can get one step closer to being your happiest and healthiest!
Take the Stairs
This habit is simple but effective. Say goodbye to lifts and escalators and make stairs your new best friend. You don’t need to go the gym to get the benefits of a stair master. Taking the stairs is a good cardio workout and will help to improve your lower body strength.
There is a reason it is called cleaning therapy. A clean space can clear your mind so take out your vacuum and burn around 119 calories! This is a win-win situation for your mental and physical health!
Iron and Fold
30 minutes of ironing standing up can burn up to 76 calories. Laundry might not be such a chore when you learn that folding clothes for 30 minutes can burn 72 calories.
Yes, you read that right! Even sleeping burns calories. Get a goodnight’s rest of up to 8 hours of sleep to burn 360 calories.
Everyone has errands and it can be easy to grab your car keys and head out for the day. Instead, go by foot and get your steps in whilst you pick up your bits and bobs!
If you commute to work, get off a few stops early or park your car further away from your office. Take in the morning fresh air and start your day off on the right foot! If you work from home, click here for some great tips on optimising your work day to be the healthiest that it can be!
Experiment with a standing desk! Invest in an adjustable desk which allows you to increase the height of the table. Burn some calories whilst also getting some work done. Alternatively, invest in a stability ball. This will allow you to remain seated whilst working and can burn up to an extra 100 calories a day.
Treat yourself to some new clothes or even just window shop! Either way you will be burning around 100 calories in a mere 30 minutes.
Spend Time with Kids
Kids will keep you on your toes and get your heart beating. This demanding task can burn 107 calories for only 30 minutes of childcare.
Prepare Your Own Dinner
Surprisingly spending some time in the kitchen can burn around 75 calories. Workout your arms by whisking by hand rather than using a machine. Preparing fresh food at home will also mean less calories and a healthier meal!
Which habit will you be implementing into your everyday life to burn some extra calories? Let us know over on Instagram! (@loveyourselfhq)
By Pooja Depala