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10 From GEM: Quick Ways To Burn 100 Calories

10 From GEM:
Quick Ways To Burn 100 Calories

It’s January, the time of year when nearly half of all Americans resolve to lose weight; in fact, it’s the most popular New Year’s resolution. Sadly most of us have forgotten our resolutions long before February begins and fewer than 10% of us successfully meet our weight-loss goals over the course of the year. Part of that  is because we all shoot out of the gate, goal in sight but with a plan that requires us to turn our worlds upside down. There’s got to be a better way.

And there is. Baby steps is the name of this game; slow, steady, incremental movement toward your goal. So check out today’s 10 from GEM for a few quick ideas on how to shave 100 extra calories a day. Can you imagine how much weight will be gone at the end of 2013?

Make this the year that you—along with Rene—become part of the successful 10%.

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With your kids, that is. No, we’re not talking about video games, either. We’re talking good, old-fashioned running around. Whether you pretend that you’re the monster and you chase your toddler around the house or you toss the football with your teenager for 15 minutes, this is a great way to burn calories. There’s the added benefit of teaching your children—through your example—the importance of regular exercise.

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This is the simplest exercise in the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re walking the dog around the block, strolling with your sweetie, or pushing a cart full of groceries. All it takes is 15 minutes of purposeful walking to torch 100 calories.

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Turn on the radio or listen to your favorite playlist on your iPod. Then dance. No special training required. After 20 minutes of moderate dancing, you can kiss those calories goodbye.

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You have to do it anyway, right? Make it count by vigorously cleaning your house for 20 minutes. Vacuuming, washing dishes, ironing clothes, cleaning the bathroom—all of it counts toward your calorie burn.

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If your knees can handle it, try jumping rope. Depending on your intensity level and weight, you can burn 100 calories in about 10 minutes. The nifty thing about jumping rope is that it doesn’t require much, just a rope (obviously) and the space to swing it.

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We know; easier said than done! But what if we told you that you could incinerate a quick 100 calories the easy way? Just do these: 40 jumping jacks, 30 lunges, 20 squats, and 10 pushups. Like we said, quick and easy.

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Standing burns calories because you fidget and engage your major muscles. If your job is sedentary, standing up for 10 minutes for every hour you work in an eight-hour day is a pretty simple way burn off the calories.

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8. RUN

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Nope, you may not even have to leave the house. Just go up and down the stairs for 10-15 minutes. If you have a two-story home and a basement, you could really have fun with this.

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Boxing is a great activity because along with burning 100 calories in 10 minutes, you get the added benefit of toning the muscles in your legs, arms, and abs. Hop on your toes, move from side to side, and throw punches and jabs to release some pounds and anxiety.

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Twenty-five minutes of digging, weeding, and planting doesn’t just beautify your yard—it beautifies you! Remember that the next time you want to put off your gardening.

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So which of these is going to make it into your regular routine?  Is there some other way you sneak in a quick workout?  Share!  Share!


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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is a stay at home mom and writer who loves all things chocolate. After years of shyness, she is a recovering wallflower who understands that a smile goes a long way. Read more about Alexis on her website


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