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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    5/5/2012 6:52:46 PM

    I hate shopping but I go with my daughter when she gets to town to get supplies. Trying to keep up with her is like taking an exercise class. By the end of the day I know I have burned more than 100 calorie.


    5/3/2012 1:08:57 AM

    more reasons for me to shop ;)


    5/2/2012 5:56:55 PM

    hey everyone watch Dr. oz he has great ideas to burn calories
    he has help me a lot. i LOVE him. watch him you will like him.


    5/2/2012 5:52:15 PM

    i just started doing zumba and it was hard when starting but now it's a lot's of fun
    i look forward to the i have to go .they have classes @ the senior center and
    anyone can go. they say you burn 400 calories . i guess all we need to do is
    keep moving and we burn cal.


    5/2/2012 12:28:39 PM

    BABY77A's SparkPage
    great ideas


    5/2/2012 8:37:43 AM

    I like taking my grandkids and their puppy for a walk, it helps me and gets them out in the fresh air and away from the TV.


    5/2/2012 6:35:32 AM

    If one is a compulsive shopper/"shopaholic" I'd be very wary of the mall suggestion!


    5/1/2012 5:45:12 PM

    CLAYLADY001's SparkPage
    We went camping Sunday and I managed to walk a little every night after he went to bed.Noticed the next morning I didn't have any lower back pain while getting up so guess I will start walking every eve.now!!!So any walking can be good for you!!!


    5/1/2012 1:10:11 PM

    Don't forget house keeping and the stairs.


    5/1/2012 1:10:10 PM

    Don't forget house keeping and the stairs.


    5/1/2012 1:09:46 PM

    Don't forget house keeping and the stairs.


    5/1/2012 12:12:42 PM

    MICHELLE_391's SparkPage
    Living in a major metropolitan area, I don't own a car because it just isn't necessary - or practical. This means I walk a lot. Sure, there are busses and trains, but the fare is the same whether I'm going 5 miles or 5 blocks. Sometimes walking gets me to my destination even faster than public transport, but in any case, running little errands on foot is a great way to burn calories!


    5/1/2012 8:34:26 AM

    The calories burning I Iike the most in these excercises is DANCING. No, not shopping.
    If I need not to many items at the grocery store I would (if weather permitting) walk to the store. It's a one hour round trip.


    5/1/2012 5:54:12 AM

    GREENHOME1's SparkPage
    And don't forget to park as far as possible from the entrance! In fair weather I even park in one mall and shop in several different malls without moving the car. I feel so virtuous then!

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