The gym or treadmill aren’t the only places to burn calories. In fact, while you’re reading this, you’re burning more than 50 calories per hour! With these simple strategies, you can dial up your metabolism, burning off even more calories while you’re going about your daily business.* That means you’re moving toward your weight loss goal all day everyday—with no workout required.
Stand up. Get out of your chair for phone calls, meetings or whenever you can. Stand for just three hours a day and you could burn up to 630 more calories during your work week than you would sitting down.
Don’t sit still. Tapping your feet, shifting around in your chair and other kinds of fidgeting keep your metabolism humming with what’s known as NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis). It can burn up to 350 extra calories a day.
Sip green tea. A soothing cup of green tea nudges up your metabolism for as long as 24 hours after you drink it, burning an additional 80 calories during that time. Flavonoids, a healthful nutrient in the tea leaves, are believed to be responsible for the boost.
Add spice. You can feel your body warm up when you eat hot peppers. That stokes up your internal furnace and burns more than 110 extra calories.
Drink water. Water is essential for your metabolism to work efficiently and when you are even mildly dehydrated, it may slow. Drink eight glasses of water a day and you burn 35 percent more calories than if you have only four glasses.
Hit the mall. Shopping at the mall for an hour burns 210 more calories than shopping online. Bonus: you save on shipping fees.
Lie down and relax. A professional massage not only helps you to de-stress and relieves aches and stiffness, it stimulates blood flow, which bumps up your metabolism. A 40-minute message can burn 200 calories.
Get busy. You might get a little sweaty on this one, but the rewards are worth it. Romance gets your heart pumping and your metabolism firing. An average sexual interlude burns around 100 calories.
Lol. Laughing raises your heart rate 10 to 20 percent and kickstarts your metabolism. A chuckle, giggle or guffaw can help you burn 40 calories. Share that one with a friend!