6 Surprising Ways to Burn 100 Calories

6 Surprising Ways to Burn 100 Calories

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With summer just weeks away, its time to come out of your cave and shed that winter hibernation weight. Don’t worry, the beach thong isn't coming out quite yet. For the long term, weight loss is not about how many hours you can crunch into a day at the gym, it’s about eating healthy and implementing fun activities into your everyday life. By munching on nutritionally balanced foods and following a realistic active lifestyle your body will naturally shed pounds without rapid and unhealthy weight loss. Aggressive weight gain and/or loss usually ends up slowing your metabolism down, and in many cases individuals end up gaining even more weight once they revert back to their old habits.  Once you introduce realistic exercise into your everyday life, you will find yourself burning calories without even trying. As the weather warms get your bootie outside and moving with 10 energetic, enjoyable and sociable ways to loose 100 calories and you don't even have to step into a gym. IMG_0079

(calories burned for each activity is based on a 155 pound person.- Harvard Health Publication)

1) Make a Home Cooked Meal

Between picking out the produce, preparing, cooking and serving the meal you have begun your weight loss journey. This should be a good incentive to clean out your kitchen, rethink your eating habits and start preparing slow food.  Besides feeling healthy and energized your home will become a warm haven for laughter and socializing.

Time needed to burn 100 calories:

Grocery shopping with a cart- 23 minutes

Cooking- 32 minutes

FullSizeRender 72) Dance the Night Away

Whether you’re rocking out at home, feeling the groove on the dance floor or practicing your steps at a dance class, moving your feet to your  your favorite tunes is always a fun way to get sweaty. Need a motivation? Grab a friend and or dance partner to keep the vibe rocking! There are so many dance styles out there- don't overthink it, just choose an genre you enjoy and get your bootie shaking.

Time needed to burn 100 calories:

Slow dancing: 27 minutes

Disco, ballroom, square dancing: 15 minutes

Fast dancing: 14 minutes

FullSizeRender 93) Gardening

Get dirty and burn calories by digging, planting, watering and weeding. As you find zen and peace in your gardening you will  also be rewarded with fresh fruits and veggies from mother earth. Use your seasonal produce to create a healthy meal for you and your loved ones.

Time needed to burn 100 calories: 18 minutes

FullSizeRender 44) Swimming

You may not even feel hot, but swimming can burn some serious calories. If you have ever had any sort of body injury or inflammation swimming works wonders to get your blood flowing without much impact. It’s a great form a rehab on the body and always brings a bit of playfulness to the day. Splash around on your own or consider trying a class.

Time needed to burn 100 calories:

Swimming (leisurely): 14 minutes

Swimming laps (aggressively): 8 minutes

Water Aerobics: 20 minutes

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5) A Mini Run

Put an extra pep in your step by turning a regular walk into a quick little run. Don’t freak yourself out by committing to an entire 20 min- 1 hour of running, instead when you are casually walking one day decide to pick up the pace and knock out 3-5 minutes of fast running. Your body will thank you by burning quick calories, and becoming energized as well as relaxed.  Say hello to an unexpected little endorphins rush and an effective sneaky workout!

Time needed to burn 100 calories:

5 mph (12 minutes/mile): 10 minutes

6.7 mph (9 min/mile): 8 minutes

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6) Go for a Bike Ride

Channel your inner child and jump on a bicycle. For me, there is nothing more enjoyable than cruising around a scenic city or beautiful beach, than riding a cruiser with my husband. But hey, if you’d rather take the fun inside, any sort of cycling is great for your heart rate and has a low impact on your joints. It may be perfect option for people recovering from knee injuries!

Time needed to burn 100 calories:

Biking outside 12-13.9 mph: 10 minutes

Biking outside 14-15.9 mph: 8 minutes

Stationary bike (moderate): 12 minutes

Stationary bike (vigorous): 8 minutes

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