There are certain words that you hear that might make you cringe; like calories and exercise and gym. The bane of your existence is food. You want it, but you don’t want it, you know? Since it doesn’t look like anyone has quite figured out the key to making all delicious things calorie free, it looks like you will just have to settle for hitting the gym. Unless, of course, you want to know a few little secrets that can each burn an extra 100 calories per day. I promise you, these surprising calorie burning activities won’t feel at all like work!
The next time you are standing in line for a ride at an amusement park with your kids asking how much longer until they can ride the 30-second ride, or standing in line at the grocery store behind the woman who is searching her seemingly bottomless handbag for exact change (Harry Potter fans, think Hermione’s bag in the Deathly Hallows), relax. Standing up for 10 minutes at a time every hour during the typical eight hour work day burns 100 calories. How effortless is that?
Give a Little, Get a Little
Spending 20 minutes of your day giving your significant other a massage will rid you of 100 calories. Even better, if you spend 20 minutes rubbing him down, you can bet you’re going to get a massage of your own in return. Win-win situation, if ever there was one.
Update your social media status. Upload those pictures from last weekend’s mini-vacation or search for the perfect shoes. Spending an hour online each day burns 100 calories. Yes, clicking and typing is a calorie burner! Next time your husband gives you the eye when the delivery man shows up with a box of new shoes, you can honestly tell him you had to buy them; they’re good for your health!
Do Your Hair
Not only will you look fabulous, you will burn 100 calories for every 30 minutes you spend blow drying and/or straightening your hair. A great head of hair and calories burned? Yes, please!
You spend hours on the phone with your best friend/mother/in-laws every week talking about the kids, catching up on life or discussing when you’re going to get married/have kids/let mom fix you up with the woman who has an office right down the hall’s son. Instead of lounging on the couch with a glass of wine while you talk, get up and pace the house. Walking while you’re on the phone burns calories; 100 for every 30 minutes, to be exact.
Yes, that’s right. Go shopping. For every 30 minutes you spend walking around the store and trying on clothes, you burn 100 calories. Just don’t stop by the pretzel stand on your way out of the mall, even if it does smell better than anything on the planet.