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Quick and Easy Ways to Burn 100 Calories

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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.

Click here to find out what other exercises and activities you can do to quickly burn 100 calories!

Do you have an all-or-nothing attitude when it comes to working out? What are your favorite ways to burn 100 calories quickly?

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JUDY1676 5/4/2021
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CECELW 12/3/2020
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EVIE4NOW 10/10/2020
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MWHIGGINS 9/20/2020
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KOALA_BEAR 6/14/2020
I grab some cans to use as hand weights & do arm exercises in kitchen while wairing on foods to heat up or defrost in microwave; walk up & down my hallway during TV commercials; during the pledge breaks on PBS, I switch to a music channel & rock out dancing! Report
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I love to workout! Report
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing! Report
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It's a great start for some, SparkFriends. Keep up the good work and information. Report
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Great info! Thanks! Report
These suggestions are great to keep in mind! Report
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this is so helpful for me Report
Getting a formal workout in is the hardest thing for me. I try adding extra steps to everything I do. A walk on the beach bending to pick up sea glass and shells help. Report
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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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
I tend toward all-or-nothing but I also work in extra walks, stairs, etc. whenever I can. Report
I walk everyday so I guess that it alright. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report
Doing my PT exercises for rehabbing my knee will serve two purposes now! Report
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! Report
I had neck surgery a little over 3 weeks ago, so right now I just walk my little dogs :) Report
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. Report
Very short but super intense sprints on a stationary bike :) Report
I am going to exercise 15 minutes for the next 10 days... Report
A quick workout on the elliptical machine is my "go-to" workout! Report
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!!! Report
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! Report
My attitude is probably closer to nothing than all-out. Short exercise programs and longer walks. Report
No, I'm not an "all or nothing person" and ZUMBA is my favorite as YouTube has a lot of videos. Report
Moving to the music in Church...less than 30 with short breaks in between! Report
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. Report
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. Report
I park at a distance when going to the store to get a little walk in. Report