5 Easy Exercises That Are Tough On Calories
When it comes to exercising and controlling body fat, many people think they have to take it to the extremes. However, some exercises like long-distance running or weight lifting can be hard on the joints, although they can yield big results.
For some, high-impact is not an option due to physical issues, lack of time, or a variety of other factors. The good news is that you don’t have to be an athlete to boost your metabolism and get muscle tone. Here are seven relatively easy exercises to try in place buying a gym membership.
1. Walking with Weight
While walking itself is a great way to get outdoors for some fresh air and burn off some calories (around 150-per hour), various sources recommend that you can increase results by wearing a weighted vest that’s about 10-percent of your body mass.
For example (in case you don’t want to do the math), if you weigh 150-pounds, then the vest should be 15-pounds. If you get more ambitious and try a vest that’s 15-percent of your body mass, then you’ll burn 12-percent more calories during your walk.
2. Walking with Lunges
PopSugar.com (don’t let the website name fool you) has a list of 10-exercises that will burn 200-calories in less than 3-minutes, which is great for when you’re on the go—and you don’t need any special equipment (other than perhaps an exercise mat).
One of these suggestions is walking lunges, which will help you develop better balance and strengthen your core while you shed calories, notes the source. If you’re confused about how to do walking lunges, there’s a handy illustrated guide from the same source. You can incorporate light weights once you’ve found your balance.
3. Dancing in your Living Room
Move some furniture aside, grab a partner (or not), and get down to some of your favorite tunes. Dancing is a great low-impact way to burn off some calories while having fun, so you may forget that you’re exercising. Don’t worry about technique; moving around to the beat is key, and try to incorporate all parts of your body.
Health.com says your dance party should last 37-minutes. Seems like an arbitrary amount of time, but apparently this is how long you should dance to burn 200-calories. That’s really only the length of one album, so pick your fave and go for it!
4. Burning in the Bedroom
Okay, as you might have expected, we had to fit this in here somewhere…so here it is. While you might not consider foreplay or intimate relations “exercise” in a traditional sense, it’s actually a very effective way to shed calories, according to Health.com.
The source recommends hitting the gym first for 30-minutes of weightlifting, which will burn 100-calories per hour or so, then head to the bedroom to burn another 100-calories per hour. We say skip the gym and go right for the good stuff (or, if you really want to hit the gym first, maybe some deodorant or a shower before the next step would be advisable).
5. Cleaning your House
This is something you need to do anyway, so why not look at it as a way to burn fat rather than just a mundane task? CalorieLab.com actually breaks down how many calories you’ll burn depending on which cleaning activity you’re performing.
For example, sweeping floors will apparently eat up 156-calories in an hour, and mopping accounts for 170-calories in the same time. Meanwhile, heavier-duty cleaning (like clearing out your garage or washing windows) will actually burn a bit less—only 136-calories, according to CalorieLab.com. So, let someone else do the latter chore.