5 Ways to Burn More Calories All Day
1.RISE AND SWEAT
If you know you have limited time to get to the gym in the morning, set your alarm to go off 15 minutes early. "Do something first thing to get your metabolism stoked -- try a circuit of the tried-and-true basics, like jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches and squats," suggests Alonzo Wilson, founder of Tone House in New York City. You'll start the calorie-burning process (the moves above can torch more than 140), which will continue all day.
2.DO THE “1 TIMES 10” TRICK
"I try to find 10 opportunities during the day to raise my heart rate for one minute at a time," says Tony Horton, creator of the new P90 DVD. The added oxygen will keep you alert, activate your heart, lungs, legs and brain -- and even burn as many as 300 to 400 calories a day, he explains. Try doing 10 squats at the top of every hour or walking lunges on your way to and from the bathroom.
3.KEEP IT COOL
Pump your AC a little earlier than usual to melt fat. Keeping your home on the chilly side can increase your body's brown fat by up to 40 percent, per a study in the journal Diabetes. When activated by cold temperatures, brown fat burns calories to help your body stay warm, even when you're just sitting around.
4. HIT THE FLOOR
Park it on the ground when you watch TV and you'll incinerate more calories than if you were lounging on the couch. "When you sit on the floor, your muscles have to support you, and you work harder to stand up," says biomechanist Katy Bowman, author of Move Your DNA.
5. STOP MULTITASKING
Carry in groceries one at a time to sneak in more steps, advises trainer Lisa Kinder, of the 10 Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training DVD. "Something that might normally take you two minutes has now become a 10-minute activity," she says. Hey, it kills off 89 calories!"
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