Weight loss, calorie counting, and diet foods are all hot topics in today’s culture where almost 30% of individuals are overweight and looking to drop those extra pounds.
Monitoring caloric intake through diet is important, but regular exercise is just as critical in maintaining a healthy weight. Look no further than these three simple ways to burn hundreds more calories each day while accomplishing everyday tasks.
The key is walking. Most individuals are accustomed to driving from one location to the next even if it’s within walking distance. The general population has become a victim of zipping from one place to the next in as short a time as possible. Unfortunately that mentality has led to a significant increase in weight gain and a decrease in overall physical activity.
With the typical volume of traffic in the DC area, walking is a plausible alternative that burns calories and takes you from one place to the next without the stress of navigating congested streets and parking lots. Many of the surrounding DC communities have been designed where commercial and retail establishments are located just short distances from residential housing which encourages individuals to walk or bike instead of drive.
Incorporate these simple steps into your daily routine and you will see a noticeable difference in your energy level and drop those extra pounds.
- Park far away. If you must drive to the grocery store or shopping mall locate the furthest parking spot in the lot to gain those extra steps before entering the store.
- Take the stairs. Inevitably the line at the elevator is several people long and the stairwells are empty. Climbing stairs is a great way to burn extra calories, tone leg muscles, and still get you from one floor to the next.
- Walk for fun. Encourage the family to get outside after dinner and take a walk around the neighborhood together.
On average walking just ten minutes at a brisk pace can burn 100 extra calories. Invest in a pedometer to track the number of steps you take each day. Aim for 10,000 steps a day to lose weight and add almost five miles of walking to your routine.
By incorporating the above suggestions, you can burn several hundred extra calories each day without stepping foot into a fitness center.
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