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Easy ways to burn calories
    2014-04-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    With summer just around the corner, everyone secretly hopes that they can shed a few pounds. But unfortunately, some just seem born to hate exercise. Good news has arrived if you are one of them. You don’t have to schlep to the gym to boost your health or give your metabolism a kick. There are some easy, fun strategies that you can incorporate into your day to burn some extra calories. Here are the tips.

    Pop gum in your mouth

    Even if you’ve told your kids to stop chomping on their gum, you’d be smart to keep chewing the stuff. Besides freshening breath and sending a signal to yourself that you’re finished eating, gum-chewing has a 67-kg woman blowing off 11 calories every 12 minutes.

    Take a pre-breakfast walk

    Once you rise, shine, and chug your morning coffee, head out for a walk around the neighborhood. “You’re going to boost your metabolism, and start burning calories left over from the day before,” said Bob Harper, author of “Jumpstart to Skinny.” A 20-minute, moderately paced walk can easily torch 100 calories.

    Take the stairs

    In the same time you waste waiting for the elevator to come, you could be improving your physique. Climbing stairs burns seven-to-10 calories per minute, and climbing down burns about one-third of that, said Keri Glassman, author of “The New You and Improved You Diet.”

    Laugh out loud

    Whether it be a girls’ night, watching the ridiculous new imitation your kid picked up, or a “Modern Family” marathon, giggling is good for your mind and body. According to a study conducted at Vanderbilt University, the average adult burns 1.3 calories per minute from chuckling.

    Meditate

    A calorie-busting move that doesn’t actually involve moving at all? Sign us up! A short meditation, even if it’s an just an eight-count breath in and out, helps reduce stress, and lowers cortisol. “When you decrease stress, your hormones are in a better place to burn calories,” said Glassman.

    Chew your food

    A medium-size apple is 60 calories, and you’re better off chomping on it than you are drinking 60 calories worth of apple juice. “Foods in a whole state require the body to burn a little hotter, thanks to chewing and digestion,” said Becky Hand, author of “The Spark Solution.” This process, called thermogenesis, also kicks in when you eat high-protein fare like meat, dairy, and legumes.S

    pice things up

    When you bite into a really hot pepper, you may notice sweat building on your nose and feel as if your body is heating up. It is. Those are little signals that something is going on internally to speed up calorie burning. Studies have found that using a half-teaspoon of cayenne pepper naturally raises your metabolism.

    Sleep through the night

    Add this to the list of reasons to hit the sack. When you get adequate rest, your levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, go down, meaning you’ll eat less without trying. Experts estimate that compared to getting seven-to-eight hours of sleep per night, the risk of developing obesity rises 23 percent with just six hours of sleep, 50 percent with only five hours, and 70 percent with just four hours of Zs each night.

    Be a fidgeter

    Good news for those who just can’t seem to sit still. Channeling nervous energy into leg shaking, arm tapping, and other light movements almost doubles the amount of calories expended. A 67-kg woman burns 34 calories quietly watching TV for 30 minutes as compared to 60 calories when lightly fidgeting.

    Pace while you talk

    Whether you’re arranging playdates, paying bills, or in the office, take calls on a mobile or cordless phone, and use talk-time as an opportunity to pace around. Before you’ve gone to the gym or done any kind of real workout, you’ll easily hit that 100-calorie mark.

    (SD-Agencies)

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