Quick and Easy Ways to Burn 100 Calories

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
5/17/2012 10:00 AM   :  40 comments   :  35,412 Views

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After being a member (and now an employee) of SparkPeople, I have learned that having an all-or-nothing attitude about healthy eating and exercising isn't something that is advised or healthy overall. With that type of attitude I would sometimes feel that if I didn't have time to exercise for at least 30 minutes or more, that I was wasting my time and effort, which is far from the truth. This is something that I also see members post on SparkPeople's message boards once in a while as well, so I know I was not alone with those thoughts.

While it is good to include longer workouts in your exercise program, it is not necessary to do that all the time. Something to keep in mind about living a healthy lifestyle is that doing something is always better than doing nothing, especially when it comes to exercise. So let's get rid of this all-or-nothing mentality! If you are short on time, that shouldn't keep you from doing at least one short workout during the day. If you can squeeze in more, you can do several short workouts throughout the day. Either way, you will still see the benefits of those short workouts.

There are plenty of quick workouts (15 minutes or less) that can help you burn approximately 100 calories. Some of my favorites include the following:

*Calorie burned amounts may vary based on your weight.


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  • 4TMKDP
    40
    I have an hour lunch at work so I usually try to get either a 35 minute walk or 25 on the treadmill (I'm also lucky enough to have a gym at my disposal). There is also a park nearby, so walking there and through and back is very pretty and easy to enjoy. I haven't seen a lot of weight loss but I keep telling myself that it took awhile to put it on, so it's going to take a while to get it off. I've also improved my good cholesterol, so even if the weight loss isn't apparent, the benefits definitely are. - 5/27/2012   12:35:16 PM
  • 39
    Keep in mind the calories in this article are estimates -- that your current height, weight and gender will make a difference. It takes me 15 minutes to burn 100 calories on an elliptical.. not the 10 listed in this article. Small difference, but it does add up. - 5/24/2012   8:32:42 AM
  • SBATES63
    38
    I have graduated from thinking I had to burn 400+ calories in a workout to being happing burning 200 during a brisk walk. I am learning to enjoy exercise which is the key to creating a lifelong habit. - 5/23/2012   3:34:05 PM
  • ACICEDA
    37
    It really doesn't seem to take much to burn a few hundred calories. I guess I need to take it up a notch and on these days where I'm not motivated - break it down several times a day to fit the work out in. - 5/22/2012   9:01:14 AM
  • 36
    I tend toward all-or-nothing but I also work in extra walks, stairs, etc. whenever I can. - 5/21/2012   7:16:59 AM
  • AMBER461
    35
    I walk everyday so I guess that it alright. - 5/19/2012   10:18:09 PM
  • 34
    I used to have that attitude towards exercise, but since I've been on Spark People, I've changed drastically. I have a few health issues that make it hard for me to exercise continuously for days at a time. I've learned to pace myself and use the seated exercise videos or the five minute ones when I feel bad. I've learned to give my muscles a day to recuperate when strength training. I like doing the 10 minute workouts, because it doesn't seem overwhelming on days when I just don't know if I can make it. Most of the time I do them 3 times or I'll do 3 different ones to get in 30 minutes. - 5/19/2012   9:14:58 PM
  • 33
    I love doing elliptical workouts! It gets everything just flowing and makes me feel wonderful. I normally stay on the elliptical about 40 minutes to an hour at the gym since it's summer break for college haha. - 5/18/2012   9:56:50 PM
  • 32
    Three songs of your favorite cardio dance - Zumba (my favorite of course), Dance Central or other dance fitness video game or just put on some tunes and dance. Just make sure you're really moving it and adding some fitness moves like squats or jumps. :) And no break in between songs! - 5/18/2012   4:48:01 PM
  • JPEARL127
    31
    Doing my PT exercises for rehabbing my knee will serve two purposes now! - 5/18/2012   4:27:49 PM
  • HEALTHYBOOMER
    30
    It's great to see a post about getting ten minutes in here and there! Even the MAYO clinic now recommends getting your 30 minutes in 3 ten minute segments. There are lots of ways. Starting with brushing your teeth in the morning - march in place for the whole three minutes, then keep going - use lunge walks to get your clothes together, pick up the kitchen, etc. Ten minutes will fly by and you'll be feeling great! - 5/18/2012   2:25:39 PM
  • 29
    I had neck surgery a little over 3 weeks ago, so right now I just walk my little dogs :) - 5/18/2012   1:02:59 PM
  • 28
    i GET IN SOME CARDIO WHEN i CAN
    IT WILL SURPRISE YOU WHAT 10 MINUTES OF VIGOROUS EXERCISE CAN DO FOR YOUR MOOD! - 5/18/2012   12:47:01 PM
  • 27
    I don't do this often enough because I do schedule workouts, but I probably could get a workout in every day if I tried with these ideas. I often go for short walks, but don't consider them a workout. Maybe I should start looking at them that way.
    I found some great ideas in magazines and doing 2 sets of some of the shorter workouts can be about 10 minutes. Something is better than nothing. - 5/18/2012   11:32:28 AM
  • 26
    Very short but super intense sprints on a stationary bike :) - 5/18/2012   11:21:20 AM
  • 25
    I am going to exercise 15 minutes for the next 10 days... - 5/18/2012   10:34:02 AM
  • 24
    A quick workout on the elliptical machine is my "go-to" workout! - 5/18/2012   9:25:21 AM
  • 23
    Thanks for the reminder/permission!!! I've been substituting hours and hours of gardening for my regular workout and feeling guilty about it... now I won't!!! - 5/18/2012   9:20:15 AM
  • 22
    I always have had an "all or nothing attitude about exercise, but now that I've become "disabled" with vertiginous migraine I'm learning to strike while the fire is hot, so to speak. I'm grateful for getting good information here on spark people because I'm sure many people have this attitude. Thanks for a great blog! - 5/18/2012   9:06:16 AM
  • 21
    My attitude is probably closer to nothing than all-out. Short exercise programs and longer walks. - 5/18/2012   7:28:44 AM
  • 20
    No, I'm not an "all or nothing person" and ZUMBA is my favorite as YouTube has a lot of videos. - 5/18/2012   12:22:21 AM
  • 19
    Moving to the music in Church...less than 30 with short breaks in between! - 5/17/2012   9:35:21 PM
  • GOT2BJIGGLEFREE
    18
    I am an all or nothing type girl. That is one of the bad habits I am trying to break! Lots of good ideas for squeezing in a quick workout. - 5/17/2012   5:47:13 PM
  • 17
    My all or nothing attitude comes from thinking I can't eat all of my calories unless I exercise. So, I like the idea of adding a quick workout here and there. - 5/17/2012   5:46:17 PM
  • 16
    I park at a distance when going to the store to get a little walk in. - 5/17/2012   3:18:57 PM
  • 15
    On many days, I take a short 15 minute walk with my puppies. They love it and so do I:)

    I will try hula hooping. I have not yet been able to keep the hula hoop up, but what a time to learn...and it can burn 100 calories! - 5/17/2012   3:17:35 PM
  • 14
    Am disabled and have yet to find an exercise I can do that burns 100 calories in a reasonable amount of time. For this reason I have to keep calorie intake low. Hope someday soon to see a blog like this for the disabled.

    vicki - 5/17/2012   2:45:04 PM
  • 13
    This is so ME! I think that if I can't exercise for 30 minutes then why bother and then I usually overeat too. I am trying to get 2, 10 - 15 minute walks in during the day at work to help me overcome this thinking. But it is really hard. - 5/17/2012   1:51:01 PM
  • DLF319
    12
    I am guilty of the all or nothing attitude. I am trying to get away from it, but I use it as an excuse not to exercise when I am in a time crunch. One thing I do when not actively exercising, is squats in the morning when i am brushing my teeth. looks crazy, but it works! :-) - 5/17/2012   1:28:56 PM
  • 11
    Good reminder. - 5/17/2012   1:27:45 PM
  • 10
    Deep clean both bathrooms. - 5/17/2012   1:10:26 PM
  • JSEENEWME4REAL
    9
    Nice reminder, nothing completely wrong with do it all attitude. Those are the ones who are totally focused on fitness and MUST get it in. Realistically I don't think we're all built the same. I admire those focused individuals but also realize that it's not the end of the world so a little is better than nothing...it's nicer out now and I'm making more of an effort not to be sedentary too. - 5/17/2012   1:02:18 PM
  • 8
    I don't have an all or nothing attitude, thankfully, but what this article did remind me of was the ability to squeeze more activity into the 23 hours I'm not officially working out.

    For example, I will sometimes head downstairs to use the 1st floor restroom, then back upstairs to my office just for a little boost - something I first did when all the upstairs stalls were in use. Does it burn 100 calories? Not likely. But it turns my "sedentary" into more generally active, and gives me a tiny energy boost. - 5/17/2012   12:27:11 PM
  • TLAUER1
    7
    Taking the dog for a walk in the woods - 5/17/2012   12:20:01 PM
  • 6
    I like to walk down by the beach instead of at my Gym! - 5/17/2012   11:20:43 AM
  • 5
    Hula Hoop.Love it and I do it most days of the week. - 5/17/2012   11:19:24 AM
  • 4
    In my head I know this is true and now that the weather is nicer I'm making it a point to get out with my kids at night and ride bikes or take a walk but I still don't count them on the fitness tracker because I don't really feel like I'm working out. Which is probably a good thing :) I'm slowly changing my ways because I do know that every little bit helps! - 5/17/2012   11:18:29 AM
  • 3
    I am sort of guilty of the "all-or-nothing" attitude. For example today, after running or exercising everyday this week except for yesterday, I was really dismayed when I stepped on the scale and hadn't lost a single pound. It made me feel like I do all this work for nothing!

    But then I remembered that it's not just about the number on the scale, it's about how I feel and how I am treating my body. I reminded myself that the weight will come off if I stick to what I am doing. This week I also tried some of Sparkpeople's 10-minute workout videos for the first time, a great way to take a break from my regular runs when they get boring or if I don't have time! - 5/17/2012   10:55:54 AM
  • 2
    Running! - 5/17/2012   10:38:34 AM
  • 1
    Dancing to salsa music or my 80's mix. It gets the blood pumping and is tons of fun! - 5/17/2012   10:07:11 AM

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