Though they're helpful, you don't need fancy workout machines or gym memberships to burn calories. Opportunities to exercise are all around you if you think creatively -- opt for stairs instead of the elevator, take the bike instead of the car, use the baby as a weight...The list goes on. It's usually easier to exercise when it's something simple you can incorporate into your daily life (not everyone has a spare hour for the gym). I asked Tom Nikkola, a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness in Chanhassen, MN for some simple calorie-burning moves.
- Park at the far end of the parking lot. Let someone else take the closest spot – you’ll burn some extra calories and your car will have less chance of getting a dent.
- Carry your bags. If you’re at the grocery store, pick the bags up and carry them to the car. We’ve become so used to pushing the cart all the way to the car, but if you only have 3-4 bags, just carry them out. If you have a briefcase with wheels, don’t be tempted to pull it. Carry it and you’ll burn some extra calories and possibly improve your strength a little.
- Three exercises in small spaces: Three other exercises you can do, that don’t take up much space at all, are squats, lunges, and push-ups. They’re not movements you’d want to do all the time, as there are body parts you miss out on when you only do these. However, if you can’t make it into the gym on a given day, you can use these movements for some resistance training. Remember, with resistance training you should always try to push yourself beyond what you’ve done before. When you do body weight movements like these, you’ll have to do enough repetitions to force your body to change. If you work hard enough, your body will be better at storing those jelly beans in your muscle cells instead of in your fat cells.
What are your simple solutions for burning calories?