9 Ways To Burn Extra Calories Without Hitting The Gym

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

Regular gymming and a balanced diet are essential components of a fitness routine, but there are plenty of other creative options for shedding extra pounds as well. The best part is, most of them won’t need much of your time, but they will help you maintain your fitness level without having to devote hours to the gym. So, if you are not a gym person, or have not been able to find a slot for gymming in your timetable, we are here to help you. Read on to know them all!

1. Take Hot Showers

Take Hot Showers
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Taking a warm bath is a great way to unwind at the end of the day and forget about your worries. But it turns out that you may also lose weight by soaking in a warm bath or shower. Hot showers help you burn more calories since your body needs to work harder to keep up its regular temperature. Taking a bath or shower with hot water for an hour has been demonstrated to burn 130 calories & may be helpful for weight reduction.

2. Drink Cold Water

Drink Cold Water
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Keeping yourself hydrated is essential to your health, but there is a technique to enhance your calorie burn just by drinking water. Adding ice cubes to your water, even if you prefer it warm or at room temperature, can aid in weight loss. Drinking cold water forces your body to work to bring it up to temperature, which momentarily increases your metabolic rate.

3. Smell Vanilla

Smell Vanilla
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You will be pleased to learn that some fragrances might aid in weight reduction. Scientists discovered that obese patients who wore vanilla-scented skin patches had reduced sugar cravings. Instead of a patch, you may try a perfume with a vanilla flavor, which not only makes you smell good but also helps you eat less.

4. House Chores

House Chores
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Tidying the house and washing the dishes might feel like a pain in the neck, but in the long run, they will enable you to stay fit and also keep the house spotless. You can burn up to 100 calories in an hour by putting away a full set of dishes, and you can burn as many calories in 35 minutes by scrubbing the bathroom as you would in 35 minutes by walking on a treadmill.

5. Drink Green Tea

Drink Green Tea
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Green tea’s high antioxidant content not only helps your skin seem younger, but it also speeds up your metabolism and aids in fat burning. The catechins and caffeine in it work to speed up your metabolism, making it easier for your body to metabolize fat.

6. Bring The Temperature Down

Bring The Temperature Down
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While it may be tempting to crank up the heat as the mercury drops, studies have shown that sleeping in a cooler environment can aid in weight loss. Calorie-burning advantages of being in a chilly room are similar to those of drinking cold water. Exposure to chilly temperatures has been demonstrated to increase thermogenesis and aid in weight reduction.

7. Exercise At Work

Exercise At Work
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While being employed in a sedentary occupation may not directly promote obesity, prolonged sitting can have this effect on some people. According to the American Heart Association, overweight people have a genetic predisposition to spend an extra 2.5 hours a day sitting than their linear counterparts who are also sedentary. Get up from your desk every hour and stretch your muscles for a minimum of 15 minutes. Get up from your desk and take a stroll to the bathroom, the water cooler, run errands, use the stairs instead of the elevator, or complete your file while standing.

8. Play With Children

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It may be possible to prevent your children from being overweight by teaching them to engage in more physical exercise. And you’ll benefit from it, too. Increasing your daily walking time is a great strategy to burn calories without having to commit to a workout routine. Take the kids for a stroll to the bus stops or the school. If you’re the one giving them a ride, park in the farthest corner of the lot so you have more time to talk as you walk back to the car.

9. Socialise Outdoors

Socialise Outdoors
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When you walk into a friend’s house for a party, how often do you look for a comfortable spot to sit? You may burn more calories by engaging in more conversation at the next party you attend. Make the most of the party by talking to as many people as you can while standing or circling the room. Stay active by offering your services in the kitchen, taking a stroll around the yard, or welcoming visitors.

So, now that you know how to burn calories without hitting the gym, nothing can stop you from maintaining a healthy and fit body. How familiar are you with the following methods of calorie burning? What tricks do you use to maintain your fitness level? Let us know in the comments section.


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