Let’s Be Honest: You don’t have to always spend 40 minutes on a treadmill or lift heavy weights in the gym to burn those extra calories. You can do it in more ways than one. And when it comes to the world of fitness, it’s not short of novelties. So, here’s everything you need to know about the weirdest yet fun ways to burn those extra calories:
1. Walk Backwards
This technique is quite uncommon, but it uses 30 percent more energy than moving forward (research is limited).
Benefit: Save your knees by creating lesser impact on them.
Drawback: Not being able to see where you’re going, so we suggest you to walk with forward-facing friend(s) alongside you to avoid any unforeseen collision.
2. Eat Popcorn
Eat plain popcorn without any salt or butter. Your teeth will have to put some extra effort to crunch them up, which in turn will burn calories. Worth trying, right?
3. Skip Steps
Don’t walk stairs step by step as always. Instead, skip steps. This will work your leg muscles, especially quads and glutes, and burn more calories than usual.
4. Just Keep Texting
Love to text? Here’s a secret – Text for an hour straight and you’ll end up burning 132 calories. Looks simple, huh? We dare you to do it, and share your experience.
5. Laugh Like Mad
As we all know, laughter is the best medicine, but ever heard that it can burn calories too? Yes, you read it correct! Laughing for 15 minutes straight burns 50 calories, or 5 pounds per year. So turn to your favorite comedy channel or joke book and get chuckling!
6. Eat Spicy Food
Here’s an interesting fact – Spice up your food with chili pepper and mustard seeds. Why? They contain capsaicin, which is known to be a calorie-burning compound that ups your metabolism.
7. Put On Lip Gloss
We know you’re shocked, and so are your lips. But the fact is, for every 765 times that you put on lip gloss, you burn 100 calories! Ladies, you HAVE to make a note of it!
8. Take A Cold Shower
Don’t hesitate to take a cold shower. All the extra work required for your body to maintain its core temperature will cost a whopping 100 calories.
9. Give Massage
Find an opportunity to give someone who is stressed out a 30-minute massage. It’ll help you burn 145 calories, while relieving the person’s stress. Game for it, anyone?
10. Hair-Drying Blowout (Or Workout)
Spend 30 minutes carefully drying your hair after a shower. It’ll burn at least 100 calories apart from making your hair look better and sorted.
11. Try To Stand On Your Tippy Toes
Ever thought of standing on your tippy-toes when cleaning yourself in the shower, brushing or teeth or whatnot? Try it. It’ll put some pressure on your body and thus burn calories. It’ll also strengthen your calves.
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