Hello! Today I want to share with you some daily activities to burn calories that many people are unaware of. They’re very common actions you can do frequently to accomplish certain tasks. These actions are designed to supplement the caloric burn you get from an exercise program, and not replace it altogether. I’ve broken down the activities into a list below.
1) Take Stairs When Possible– When you’re in a building and have to go up or down 3 floors or less use the stairs. If you’re in a place such as a mall or sporting event, utilize stairs instead of elevators or escalators when possible.
2) Don’t Park In The Closest Spot– When you go somewhere like a grocery store or department store, don’t always park in the spot closest to the building. Park in a place that will require you to walk at least 20 meters or more to the entrance.
3) Manually Unlock Your Car– When unlocking your car stick your key in the lock instead of using an electronic device to unlock it. This will enable use of your wrist and forearm muscles.
4) Wash Your Car By Hand– When it’s time to wash your car do it by hand instead of driving it through a car wash. If it’s a nice day out you can play music and get family or friends to help. Everyone can have a little fun with it. Your car will probably come out cleaner because you’ll be putting more elbow grease into it!
5) Use A Basket Instead Of A Cart At The Grocery Store– When possible use a basket instead of a cart when buying groceries if your list is small enough. This will enhance upper body strength by carrying some weight as opposed to pushing the cart. However, if you have many items in your cart you can get a little exercise from that as well.
6) Take The Dog For A Longer Walk– Take the dog on a different route than usual that’s a little longer. You might see some nice scenery and it’s good exercise for you and your pet. You can also take your dog to a dog park if one’s available in your neighborhood. This will give both of you plenty of space to walk or run around.
7) Do Dishes By Hand– Instead of loading all the dishes in the dish washer all the time do them by hand once in a while. It’s good for your wrists, arms, shoulders and your dishes may come out cleaner with the extra attention.
8) Exercise During Commercials– If you exercise during commercials while watching television you can get about 10-12 minutes of exercise in during a one hour show. It doesn’t have to be anything intense. Just marching or jogging in place can be very beneficial.
9) Hand Carry Documents In The Work Place– If you have a memo or document that a co-worker needs hand carry it to them. You can do this once in a while instead of always sending it via email. It’ll probably be nice to get away from your desk and visit a friendly face.
10) Walk To Lunch With A Co-Worker Or Friend– Have lunch with a co-worker or friend and walk to the location if possible. It can be nice to get some fresh air and a little exercise in the process. Just make sure you have a healthy lunch so you don’t defeat the purpose of walking there!
11) Use A Different Floor For Bathroom Breaks– When taking bathroom breaks at work use the floor above or below you. You may get a chance to say hello to some co-workers you don’t normally see.
12) Change The Television Channel Manually– I know some high tech tvs can only have the channel changed by remote control. However, if your tv has the buttons available to change channels manually go ahead and do it once in a while. Getting out of your chair or off the couch will help improve your body’s circulation.
13) Don’t Ask For Something If You Can Get It Yourself– While at home don’t ask someone else to bring you something if you’re able to get it yourself. If you need an item from another room just get up and get it! I know this may seem trivial, but if you do a lot of small things throughout the day to be active they add up to a lot.
Summary– Unfortunately, overweight and obesity rates have reached an all time high in the United States and many parts of the world. By being conscious of your physical actions during the day, you can greatly complement your exercise program. Also, be careful with technology so it’s not overused to the point of being detrimental to a healthy lifestyle.
In addition, you can be creative to come up with other ways to be active on a daily basis. We don’t always have to take the lazy way out when doing activities. A little extra movement never hurts anyone, right?
If you have any ideas you’d like to share on how to burn calories outside of traditional exercise please let me know. I’m sure other readers would also be interested as they might be able to incorporate them into their lifestyle. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to let me know and I will get back to you. Thanks for reading and wishing you a healthy life! Take care,