Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Genius Ways to Torch 100 Calories
Less Than 5 Minutes
Chop wood continuously for 4 minutes, 22 seconds.
Run a 5-minute mile. (You'll have burned 100 by 4 minutes, 30 seconds.)
Jump on a stationary bike and ride it at a pace of 20 mph for 4 minutes, 52 seconds.
Less Than 10 Minutes
Hum the theme song to Rocky as you skip rope for 9 minutes, 30 seconds.
Hike the great outdoors with at least 22 pounds in your backpack for 9 minutes, 15 seconds.
Play racquetball for 7 minutes, 17 seconds.
Swim a few laps using your favorite stroke (back, breast, or butterfly) for 8 minutes or less, depending on the stroke.
Travel underwater instead of on top of it to burn calories even faster: Scuba dive for 7 minutes, 11 seconds.
Hit a few on the tennis court: Play for 9 minutes.
Less Than 15 Minutes
Ski down an advanced slope.
Tread water for 14 minutes, 30 seconds.
Snorkel in a pool, and kick at a moderate pace (14 minutes, 5 seconds).
Use a stationary rower for 11 minutes.
Hit the weights for 13 minutes.
Take an intense aerobics class and enjoy the scenery for 11 minutes, 8 seconds.
Walk uphill for 13 minutes.
Playing Professional Sports
Face LeBron James on the court for 9 minutes.
Go two rounds with Georges St. Pierre. (Don't think you could survive that long? No problem. Lying unconscious for 1 1/2 hours will also burn the same amount.)
Carry Phil Mickelson's bags for two holes.
Throw fastballs to the Chicago Cubs for two innings (14 minutes on the mound).
Play half a period of professional hockey. (Lose calories and teeth at the same time!)
Bowl 10 frames. (You may not bowl 300, but you'll burn 100.)
Throw long passes while avoiding the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense for 10 minutes.
Shoot foul shots: 207 shots at 12 shots per minute = 100 calories.
During a Romantic Evening
Woo her with a 33-minute melody on the piano.
Slow dance through seven songs (about 26 minutes).
Give her a full-body massage for 19 minutes, 30 seconds.
Shower her with 9,240 mini-kisses all over her body.
Sweep her off her feet and carry her up to the bedroom. (This only works if your bedroom's on the 13th floor. If not, you burn 8 calories per flight of stairs, so walk her around a bit.)
Make love for about an hour. (Then again, if you can accomplish this on a regular basis, chances are she doesn't care how fat you are.)
Make breakfast in bed for her the next morning. (Includes cooking for 20 minutes, serving it to her, and, yes, doing the dishes.)
Without Moving a Muscle
Stand in line for U2 tickets for 65 minutes.
Watch 2 1/2 back-to-back episodes of Seinfeld reruns (four episodes if you have them on DVD).
Get stuck in traffic for almost an hour.
Sip ice water all day long. Eight 16-ounce glasses of ice water raises your metabolism (the rate at which your body burns calories) and burns an extra 100 calories.
Working Around Your House
Paint the house or clean the gutters for 16 minutes.
Rake leaves for 20 minutes.
Push mow the lawn for 14 minutes.
Wash and wax the station wagon for about 18 minutes.
Shovel snow for 12 minutes, or use the snowblower for 17 minutes.
Stack firewood for 15 minutes.
Move boxes to the attic for 10 minutes.
Putter around the garden for a little more than 17 minutes.
Spending Time with the Boys
Play power pool. (You'll need to shoot 10 racks at an average of 3 minutes a game.)
Shoot some dartsfour games of countdown 301 or one game of cricket.
Play 13 hands of poker.
Restore your buddy's classic T-Bird for 18 minutes.
You are the company you keep.
At Your Desk Job
Push a pencil for 45 minutes.
Walk back and forth to the copier for 26 minutes.
Type on your computer for 48 minutes.
Talk up a client for 52 minutes.
Doing the Same Thing Over and Over
Do 97 pushups (at 10 pushups a minute).
Do 146 crunches (at 15 crunches a minute).
Play the nickel slots in Reno 234 times (or $11.70 worth).
Putt 156 golf balls (at 6 putts a minute).
Acting Out Scenes From Your Favorite Films
Grab a golf club and make like a swashbuckling Errol Flynn. You'll burn 100 big ones in just 8 minutes, 30 seconds (and probably break every lamp in the house).
Groove like Travolta during a dance contest scene (Disco John in Saturday Night Fever: 14 minutes; '90s John in Pulp Fiction: 18 minutes).
Hit the open road like Peter Fonda in Easy Rider: for 32 minutes.
Reenact the climax of any martial arts movie: roughly 8 minutes.
Defend America's pride during the Olympic table tennis scene in Forrest Gump: for roughly 10 minutes.
Stand in front of the mirror and repeat "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?" 519 times.
Getting in the Christmas Spirit
Chop down five Christmas trees. (You could have a tree in every room of the house, or be generous and volunteer to do the honors for your friends and extended family.)
Spend half an hour putting up lights outside the house.
Roast chestnuts on an open fire (31 minutes).
Help the kids build a snowman for 26 minutes.
Save your Christmas shopping for the last minute: Walking briskly through a mall with a stack of packages will burn through 100 calories in just more than 19 minutes.
Wrap 21 of those gifts when you get home.
Being Politically Correct
Plant two medium-size trees.
Ride your bike to work (21 minutes at a leisurely pace).
March in a protest of your choice for 10 minutes. (Carrying a sign or placard will burn even more calories.)
Crush 623 cans for recycling.
Volunteer to pick up trash along the highway for 19 minutes, 30 seconds.
Living the Good Life
Man a sailboat for 26 minutes.
Wade in a heavy current while fishing for more than 12 minutes. (Don't worry if you're no good at fishing; rescuing your line from a tree is good for a quick 100 every 16 minutes.)
Fly your private plane for 38 minutes 30 seconds.
Read the financial section for an hour.
Stack $560,000 worth of $100 bills into 56 piles of $10,000 each.
Being a Good Father
Pretend to be the bogeyman and chase a kid around for 16 minutes.
Push your child in a stroller for 30 minutes.
Play dodgeball or hopscotch with your children for about 15 minutes.
Change 52 diapers.
Dress up as Barney and greet birthday party guests for 20 minutes.
Iron 7 shirts.
Ice-skate with the family for 12 minutes.
Tap your foot 9,351 times.