Losing weight comes down to a combination of burning calories through exercise, and cutting them from our diet. To lose a pound a week, you would need to lose/gain 500 calories a day from your recommended daily intake – this may seem like a lot, but there are many easy ways to burn 100 calories that will help. Take a look at our suggestions below and start burning those extra calories!
Yes, skipping is a quick calorie burner! With just 10 minutes of hitting your jump road at an average pace, you can burn those calories and get your heart rate up. It can be an effective warm up, or you could simply give it a go in the morning to wake you up. You can get a skipping rope cheaply too, ideal if you’re working out on a budget!
A cross trainer (elliptical) is the ideal antidote to people who hate running. Working out many muscle groups at once, it is an effective aerobic exercise and a fantastic calorie burner. You can expect to burn 100 calories in around 8 minutes at a moderate intensity. A quick and fun way for burning calories!
Swimming is a relaxing, fairly easy exercise that can target all of your muscle groups. Swimming for 15 minutes will easily burn 100 calories, making it a great exercise for people recovering from injuries or people who are obese or unfit and need to build their fitness up gradually.
Children have a lot of energy, and you can use that to your advantage by joining in the fun. Having some fun with the kids, whether it’s playing frisbee or catch in the garden or playing games around the house, you’ll soon burn up some calories and enjoy some quality time together too. A sure fire way for burning calories.
Having a little dance around the house will help you unwind, lift your mood and help you burn 100 calories in just 20 minutes. Put on your favourite songs, grab your hairbrush and have a boogie in your living room! For some inspiration… have you seen the Uptown Funk Treadmill Dance by Carson Dean?
Gardening is a great exercise in many ways, not only are you lifting, carrying and squatting which are all great for toning, but if you’re working hard you’ll also be burning calories and exercising many different muscles around your body. In around 20 minutes of gardening you’ll burn 100 calories so get out there and start weeding!
One of the easiest ways to burn additional calories is to walk more. Not only does it help to keep you moving (especially if you sit at a desk for most of the day) but it will help you to burn calories easier. Between 2000-3000 steps will help you to achieve this, so work out some simple distances that you can repeat throughout the day to help you achieve your goal.
Housework is a chore, but it is also an effective way to get fit! 25 minutes of scrubbing the floor, will eat up 100 calories, as well as leave it sparkling! Put some music on and put some extra energy into it to get the most out of the task.
Climbing stairs is an easy way to burn calories in your own home (unless you live in a bungalow…) and it takes just 11 minutes to burn 100 calories. That may seem like a long time, but you’d be surprised how long it takes to climb a few floors. Next time your out and about instead of taking the elevator, why not take the stairs and you’ll soon build up those 11 minutes.
Another task which has double the benefit, 20 minutes spent cleaning your car will burn 100 calories without you even noticing, and your car will thank you for it! Grab that sponge and mini hoover and make sure you get into every corner!
As you can see, burning 100 calories is quite easy in a short amount of time, often through regular household chores. These 10 easy calorie burners will give you plenty of inspiration for going that extra mile and losing those pounds.