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6 Ways to Burn 100 More Calories a Day

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Hi HG,

I'm looking for ways to help the number on the scale budge without cutting more calories out of my diet. Any tricks for burning a few extra calories each day?

Andrea in Arizona

Hey Andrea,

I'm a big supporter of the "every little bit counts" motto, especially when it comes to calorie burning... and especially since (like you) I'd rather burn calories than cut 'em! I ran the numbers, and here are six super-simple ways to burn up 100 calories...

6 Ways to Burn 100 More Calories a DayAt Home

Housewalking - This is my latest obsession, and it's exactly what it sounds like: Walking around the house, apartment, dorm room... whatever! I wear a FitBit (a pedometer works too) to keep track of my steps and motivate myself. It only takes about 25 minutes of moderate housewalking to burn 100 calories. Click here for more housewalking info!

Stretching/light yoga - You don't need to be a yogi to get your stretch on. Do this while watching TV or waiting for dinner to bake... It feels great! In 35 minutes you'll burn those 100 calories. FYI, there are plenty of free yoga videos all over the web, including basic starter sessions.

Dancing while cleaning - Here's a way to make housework fun! Turn on some music (Pink, anyone?), and dance around while you fold laundry, wipe down the counters, etc. You'll burn 100 calories in just 20 minutes. Although your significant other may wonder why you always want to vacuum...

Out and About

Take the stairs - This is one of those practical tips that's easy to ignore, but here's some food for thought: It only takes 10 minutes of stair climbing to burn 100 calories! A few minutes on your way in and out of work, a few minutes at the mall... It adds up!

Lunch-break walk - You don't need to break a sweat or even spend the bulk of your break. Just 25 minutes of moderate walking will result in 100 calories burned. Pick up the pace, and you'll burn even more.

Bowling - Talk about a perfect cold-weather activity! Plus, you don't need to be especially fit to bowl... It really is a sport for anyone. And just half an hour on the lanes burns 100 calories. It's not an everyday calorie burner, but it's a fun weekend burner!

Tips and Tricks

Mix 'n match - Once you see how easy it is to incorporate these activities into your day, you'll want to double (or even triple!) up. A little housewalking, some stretching, and a walk on your lunch break? You just burned 300 extra calories!

Stay hydrated - Even low-key activities like these require hydration. Keep a refillable water bottle on hand throughout the day. Bonus? Getting enough H2O can keep you from feeling hungry...

Adjust the calorie count for your weight - The above estimates are based on a 155-lb. woman... Need a more exact idea of how many calories you're burning? Check out this handy activity calculator! From food shopping to bathing the dog, practically every activity is here...

Happy calorie burning!

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