11 Easy Ways To Burn Calories

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Let’s be honest, losing weight can hard, especially if you live a fast pace life that doesn’t leave you any time for personal improvement. So, here are eleven effortless ways to burn some calories.

1. Chew gum

As we all know we have to do something to burn calories, some do it for pleasure some out of some other reasons, but a very good way to burn calories is to chew gum. There are several good reasons to embrace this activity!

In addition to refreshing your breath, it will keep your jaw muscles very active thus burning 11 calories every 12 minutes. However, even with this, you have to pay attention. Make sure that you choose a sugar-free gum which doesn’t pack lot of calories, and before you know it you’ll burn that bagel you ate for breakfast. Combine it with some other effortless activities from our list and you’ll make a huge difference.

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2. Mild walk before breakfast

You’re up and the day is sunny and beautiful? You’ll immediately start to prepare breakfast, but here’s what you can do for your body! Walk to the store and get all the necessary ingredients for a perfect breakfast.

You’ll burn some calories, and you won’t spend your whole day in house or in the office. If you are preparing for a job, take a walk to the bakery or the supermarket, buy yourself breakfast, and eat it later. Walking before breakfast speeds up metabolism and burns calories from the previous day, also it has a great effect on the mood. Walking is one of the easiest activities given to us by nature, and you can use it to stay in shape and burn some of the excess calories.

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3. Eight hours of sleep

Sleep is very important for our bodies, and sleep deprivation can have many negative effects on our body. One of those negative effects is weight gain.

Just like couple of other activities on our list, you would never guess that sleeping can actually help you lose weight. When you have enough of good night’s sleep, levels of ghrelin, hormone that stimulates hunger is low, which means that on that day you’ll eat less. Scientists have found that people who sleep less than six hours increase calorie intake as much as 50% more than people who slept 8 hours. This is a pretty good reason to pay more attention to your habits when it comes to good night sleep.

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4. Loud laughter

Here is one activity which is not really expected to burn calories, but it does nonetheless. It is something that makes us feel good and approachable, and that’s laughter.

No matter whether you’re laughing with friends, children, loved ones, loud laughter is great for body and mind! The adult person burns almost 2 calories per minute laughing. Laugh every day, every minute, or an hour and do not worry about weight! If you want to laugh and burn calories but you need some inspiration, watch a comedy, or maybe turn to stand up comedians, they brighten your day for sure. Laughter is most certainly the best medicine, use it and keep you body and mind healthy.

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5. Standing

Even though just standing might not seem like a good way to burn some calories, it has been proven to do just that.

It may seem uncomfortable and unrealistic to continually stand while working, but think about the occasional standing while you are at your work place. Standing burns 33 percent more calories than sitting, mainly due to the fact that it engages more muscles. So next time when you are waiting at the doctor or taking a ride with a bus, do not look at the first available seat, but remain standing instead! It is a perfect example of how something that basically requires no activity can burn calories and help you lose some weight.

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6. Listening to music

Don’t get us wrong, listening to music doesn’t burn calories by itself, but it is rather supposed to encourage you move with the beat and thus burn some calories.

Next time you’re cleaning the house, or doing any other house related tasks, leave your favorite music on. As we already mentioned above, while listening to your favorite song it is very likely that you will not only listen but also dance a bit with good rhythms! Moving the body means less calories and pounds! On the other side music makes everyone feel better, and listening to your favorite tunes while doing some other activities like walking, might encourage you to step it up a notch.

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7. Meditate

In the stressful world we live in today, food is sometimes the best comfort. Even though some might think that stress actually keeps you away from food, our bodies react in completely different way, and in the long run you are bound to gain some extra weight.

Meditation will benefit your body and mind and even though it might not burn calories in the conventional way, it will help you get rid of accumulated stress which caused you to eat more than you should. It is an easier and more peaceful way to burn calories and short meditation of 8 inhales and exhales helps to regulate stress and reduce cortisol. When you get rid of stress, hormones will do its best to burn calories.

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8. Clean your house

These next few activities require a bit more effort but nothing you can’t handle. House cleaning is a perfect way to do something productive and to shed a few pounds.

As you already know it can be time consuming and hard at times, but this also means that you’ll burn as many calories as you would with a good workout. Vacuuming, doing dishes or laundry are just few good examples that keep you busy and burn calories at the same time. On the other side clean house brings its own set of benefits and clean home will certainly make you feel better. It’s not always easy to be active, but hopefully doing house chores is something that you don’t find too hard.

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9. Take the stairs

Believe it or not one of the easiest ways to stay in shape and to burn some calories is to take the stairs. They are basically everywhere, all you have to do is use them. Now, don’t make the whole exercise out of this.

Take the stairs for several floors, after which you can use elevator for rest of the way. It is important that you don’t feel the pressure of physical exercise, the key to this is to do it on daily basis without getting tired, or exhausted. Walking up stairs burns 7 to 10 calories per minute. If you often do this, tight legs and butt are guaranteed and it will do wonders for your self confidence in the long run.

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10. Gardening

Here is something that will require a little bit of effort, but it will give you more in return. Besides the benefit of fresh and organic vegetables, you will have a body line that everyone will envy!

Tidying the garden, planting vegetables and other gardening chores will help you burn around 113 calories in 25 minutes. Even the less tedious tasks will help you burn significant amount of calories. Good reason to start doing something that will benefit your body and mind! Even if you live in a small apartment, you can have few plants which you can tend to and which will brighten the place significantly. It is an interesting activity which will benefit you as much as meditation.

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11. Cooking

You might have a hard job after which you just want to lay down and watch some TV, but that’s actually the last thing you should do.

We are certain that cooking after work is not your favorite activity, but after we tell you that chopping and cooking can burn 102 calories in 25 minutes you may change your mind. That’s of course if you don’t keep on eating different ingredients, and that of course can result in completely opposite effect. If you decide to throw in a healthy salad, or a fruit dessert, you’ll be doing your body a favor. You might burn even more calories if you walk to the store to get all the necessary ingredients.