The New Year is almost among us and the #1 New Years Resolution that people make is to lose weight. However, only 8% of those who make a resolution will actually keep it throughout the year. While there are obvious tips to lose weight like hitting up the gym, counting calories, etc., there are also some “sneakier” ways to burn calories that don’t require quite as much effort. From taking the floating stairs rather than the elevator at work to window-shopping during your spare time on the weekends, you can burn calories and lose weight without even trying!
Check out five of our most “sneaky” ways to burn calories and tone up below.
Do you have a little bit too much free time on weekends? Spend your extra hours perusing through the local mall or aisles of your favorite convenience store. You’ll burn calories just from walking while making your latest wish list as well. Be warned, though, that your wallet might be a tad bit lighter upon leaving!
2. Clean, Clean, Clean
Those dreaded house chores that you seem to avoid until the last minute? Take advantage of them and do a little bit each day. It will not only keep you away from the sofa and snacks, but light housework also burns calories! Whether it’s dishes, laundry, or reorganizing your closet, cleaning is a win-win situation.
3. Get Your Groove On
Time flies when you’re having fun… well, so do the calories! A fun night out with friends at your local dance club is a great way to burn some extra calories without even realizing it. Swap out the high-calorie drinks for water and you’re all set!
4. Given the Option, Take the Stairs
If you work in the city, it might be beneficial to take the stairs upon arriving and leaving work rather than the elevator. Even if you work on a very high floor, you can take the elevator halfway up and walk the rest of the floating stairs in order to get in a little bit of exercise. This goes for any location, whether you’re shopping, at the airport, etc. – always choose to take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator. If your workplace doesn’t have stairs and you have a sedentary job, try taking walk breaks every few hours and during your lunch break.
5. Make Use of Your Green Thumb
Some beautiful flowers do the world some good, as well as your body. From mowing the lawn, planting flowers, raking leaves… there are chores you can do for every season. This is a great way to keep your outdoor space tidy while toning up. Your little black dress will thank you later!
It’s important to keep in mind that every little bit of exercise counts, which is what makes these ideas so sneaky. You’ll burn calories and lose weight this year while toning up without even realizing it. Keep your New Years resolution this year by keeping the above five tips in mind
Paula is a lifestyle blogger currently residing in New Jersey. When she’s not writing, she enjoys a good Zumba class, hanging out with her dog Zooey, reading, and spending time with friends and family.