Now that you’re a few months in to your New Year’s resolutions, you might be thinking of ways to get active outside the gym walls. There are plenty of ways to burn calories outside the gym. Here are eight of my favorite.
1. Have a dance party.
Whether you seek out a dance class, a night on the town at a salsa club, or prefer to dance in your living room, dancing is a great way to burn calories. If you need a little help with your rhythm, try a cardio-dance workout DVD as a start.
Active volunteering is one way to burn calories and give back at the same time. Just make sure you sign up for something where you’ll be on your feet all day. Try picking up trash at a beach, getting active with your local Boys and Girls Club or even sweating it out on a Habitat for Humanity work site.
3. Power clean.
You need to work out and your house needs a spring clean. Get both done at the same time! Deep cleaning burns lots of calories; everything from crouching down to scrub baseboards to painting walls to vacuuming will get your heart rate up. A full Saturday of cleaning should count as two workouts!
4. Stand all day.
You’ve heard the dangers of sitting at a desk all day. See if you can get a stand-up desk or make one yourself using boxes for your computer to sit on. If standing at work isn’t an option, make sure you’re standing at home or on the weekends. Between cooking, soccer games and errands, you should be able to get on your feet.
5. Sneak in body-weight exercises.
There are plenty of moments in a day to sneak in small bursts of activity. You can do at least 30 squats while brushing your teeth and just as many calf raises while waiting for your coffee to brew. At work, try doing a few triceps dips on your chair or desk while you wait for a call to start. Planks are perfect for TV commercials – get off the couch and on the floor for this core-strengthener.
6. Add a lap.
Next time you’re at the kids’ school, grocery store or work, take five extra minutes before you start shopping to do a lap around the perimeter (inside or outside). Walk at a brisk pace to get your heart rate up a bit. If you did this twice a day for a week, you would have more than an hour of movement added!