20 Ways to Torch 200 Calories: SparkPeople SlideShow
20 Ways to Burn 200 Calories
Do visions of schlepping away on the treadmill or giving up your social life for the gym come to mind when you think about burning calories? Think again!
Video games like Nintendo Wii let you exercise more than your thumbs. It gets you up off the couch and sweating!
Hop to It
Grab a jump rope and make like a kid! Wear good cushioned shoes and use a steady hard surface.
Hit the links at your local golf course. Walking and pulling (or carrying) your own clubs is great exercise!
Wash your car by hand. Get out the vacuum, hose, bucket, and sponge for a detailed cleaning.
Take the dog for a walk, and try to maintain a brisk (about 4 mph) pace. Fido needs exercise, too!
Call up a friend for a friendly game of racquetball or tennis. This is a good opportunity to catch up while you get fit! You donít have to be a pro to have fun!
Get off the couch and move it for a whole new look. All that lifting, tugging, pushing, and pulling adds up.
Head for the Stairmaster at the gym, stadium steps at a local school, or staircase at your office to burn mega calories. Try to accumulate several minutes over the course of a day.
This is a great opportunity to do something active and fun as a family instead of camping in front of the television.
Do your best Lance Armstrong imitation. Get your bike out for a few trips around the block or head to your local bike trail. A 10-12 mph pace is moderate for most people, but you'll burn more calories going uphill and/or faster.
Add a fresh coat of paint to your favorite room to burn calories while you cross off your to-do list!
Mow the lawn the old-fashioned way. Get out your push mower and trim the edges when you're done.
Take the Plunge
You don't have to be Michael Phelps or Dara Torres to benefit from swimming. Alternate your strokes and you can even jog, lane walk, or tread water, too!
Clean out the garage. You've put it off for too long, and you know it needs it--so why not use it as an excuse to burn some calories!
Create your own boot camp with exercise stations such as jumping rope, pushups, jumping jacks, crunches, squat thrusts, and jogging in place. Spend 2 minutes at each station and repeat 3 times.
Beautify your yard. Weed the flower beds. Spread some mulch. Trim the hedges. Plant some flowers. Work in the yard for 45 minutes and love the improvements. No yard? Help an elderly person in a neighborhood; it will be good for you both!
Turn on your favorite tunes and make your living room a dance hall. If you have a partner, great! If not, it just gives you more room to get down!
Shoot & Score
Friendly gatherings donít always have to be around the table! Call some friends for a quick game of half or full court basketball.
Hop on the treadmill (or head outdoors) for a quick jog at about a 5 mph pace.
This one job seems to never end, but break out the broom, vacuum cleaner, and cleaning products. Make it a goal to keep moving and finish as quickly as possible to ensure your heart rate gets up!