5 Ways to Torch 100 Calories

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5 Ways to Torch 100 Calories

Written by Melinda Hershey, Health Educator

Little bursts of activity can really add up throughout the day, helping to rev your metabolism and turn your body into a fat-burning machine. Here are some small, fun ways you can work more movement into your life to incinerate 100 calories at a time.

*Estimated calorie burn is for a 150-pound woman. Individuals who weigh more will burn more calories for the same activity.

Just Dance!

Exercise doesn't have to be a chore! Blast a mini-playlist of 4 of your favorite up-tempo tunes and get down. The harder you boogie, the more calories you'll burn, but 10-15 minutes of steady grooving on your living room dance floor will slash an average of 100 calories.

Shop 'Til You Drop

Now here's a convincing argument for the next time you think about taking an impromptu trip to the mall! Mall-walking and shopping will get rid of 100 calories in 40 minutes. Now that's a great deal!

Get Your Garden On

Beautify your home and incinerate calories at the same time! Just over 20 minutes of light to moderate gardening will erase 100 calories. Here's to pretty flowers and a trimmer middle!

Help a Friend Move

The next time a friend asks you to help them move into a new place, don't make excuses as to why you can't. It's the perfect opportunity to burn off some energy--plus, it's what good friends do! Moving involves a lot of lifting and hauling, which will eliminate 100 calories in just under 20 minutes.

Try an Interval Routine

Intervals are an efficient way to burn maximum calories in minimum time. The bursts of activity are intense, but short, which makes them fly by!

Try this quick routine:

  • Jumping jacks: 20 seconds
  • Rest: 10 seconds
  • High knees: 20 seconds
  • Rest: 10 seconds
  • Jump rope (or pretend jumping rope): 20 seconds
  • Rest: 10 seconds

    Repeat 9 times to kiss 100 calories goodbye!

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    GRACE813

    8/14/2012 5:19:52 PM

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    Wow! That interval workout at the end is intense! Got me motivated to go for a walk! I like the idea of get 100 calorie burns in througout the day. Though this one left me a little bit too sweaty to do in the office!

    GIDGETATHOME

    7/3/2012 12:01:20 PM

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    Holey Moley! Just tried the interval training - that was a work out! Got a good sweat on in only 15 minutes - perfect! Also, all that jumping around helped me realize I need a new sports bra.

    NANAFITZ1

    7/3/2012 1:07:37 AM

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    I have COPD exercising for me is hard. I think this might work even if I can only do 5 mins at a time. Better than nothing "Right"

    CATLADYX8

    6/30/2012 11:46:59 AM

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    On my shopping day I do 3-4 laps on the outside aisles of the store before I shop. It is a good way to get in some exercise. I tell my husband we walk first then shop. No stopping on the walks, Just make a mental note of what you want to look at on our last lap.

    KADYTHEREDPANDA

    6/26/2012 1:58:08 PM

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    Malls and zoos are great places to walk even if you don't buy anything. I normally hate walking, but I'll gladly walk all over the zoo to see my beloved animals. I'm so tired afterwards, but I'm happy because I got to see pandas, tigers, etc.

    LLUVIA10

    6/23/2012 2:49:01 PM

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    thank u i like this tips :) , other thing you can do and help is just go to the stair get up and down 2 times :) and burn the 100

    LEANMEAN2

    6/23/2012 7:05:13 AM

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    Thanks for sharing

    TMAMAOF3

    6/22/2012 6:42:28 PM

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    These are great tips and things I had not thought about in terms of a calorie burn outside my other planned workouts. Good to know!

    SHARPSHINS

    6/22/2012 5:21:10 PM

    I have a bum knee. I need calorie burning tips that don't involve the legs.

    CMINETTER

    6/22/2012 11:23:32 AM

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    When I get off work I usually have about 15 min before my bus comes. Instead of just standing there I am going to try the interval routine. Thanks

    JACKIE542

    6/22/2012 10:36:54 AM

    I do lots of gardening. I never track it because I enjoy it so much. Burning calories can be enjoyable.

    NICOLEELIZANETH

    6/22/2012 10:29:28 AM

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    Although the slideshow gives ways to burn calories, for people with back and muscular problems these things won't work. I have a chronic back problem and need to be very careful in terms of lifting heavy objects and walking. Walking at a fast pace for even 15 minites can aggrevate the sacral spine, L4-5 and cause pain. The best exercise that I know of to lose calories is to close one's mouth when confronted with certain types of food,

    Elizabeth

    NIN_RENAMARTIN

    6/22/2012 9:43:33 AM

    I never thought of it...just small things, just last night I ate a bit too much but now...no regrets because I have burned it off. Thanks

    JPEARL127

    6/22/2012 9:14:51 AM

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    Sometimes you aren't aware that you are "exercising" because you are enjoying a walk in the park or through the zoo, a museum, etc. If you don't have space for a garden, volunteer at a local garden to help with maintenance or with special programs for children.

    DANCINGJONI

    6/22/2012 8:33:44 AM

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    Well I certainly have to get out of the car more often and dance around it. In this whole trip I have not got any slimmer, no bigger either but I have to do something more every time I have been stopped for ten minutes or more. It is a great journey and Art is getting slimmer, but then he is the one doing the walking LOL. We are passed Hope now going down number three. There are many mountains to climb LOL. www.thewalkoflife.org
    Dance. Dance. Dance. For the joy of it!

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