I’m thoroughly convinced that Pinterest is one of the best things to happen to the world. Also may I say that Pinterest and Spotify combined, make for a real great time. Recently I found some pretty good/easy ways to burn calories everyday and improve your overall health without even realizing it… so I thought I’d share. I gotta say… the cold showers thing was new to me… read on… you’ll see.
EASY WAYS TO BURN/CONTROL CALORIES
- Laugh!!! Laughing for just 15 minutes a day can burn 50 calories. That means I get to watch Hot Rod & Modern Family without even feeling guilty. Plus laughter relieves physical tension and stress. Its the best medicine!
- Drink water… no brainer there… but drink ice cold water. Your body will burn calories just getting the water to a normal temperature to digest.
- Eat spicy foods. They raise your metabolism.
- Take cold showers because your body will burn calories to heat you back up. (yeah right… you’d have to be crazy to do this!!)
- Use smaller plates and utensils, it helps exercise control portion control.
- Sleep at least six hours a day. If you get less than six this can lower your metabolism by 15%. The more you sleep, the more you burn. Taking naps can be beneficial; when you wake up you will burn up to 50% more calories.
- Stand up! When standing you’ll burn about 40% more calories. So stand when you’re talking on the phone or surfing the internet. (guilty… I’m totally NOT standing up right now)
- Keep good posture, burns 10% more calories when you sit up straight.
- Have 6 small meals a day. Don’t eat a lot at once. Spread your food throughout the day. It will keep your metabolism going. Avoid eating anything bigger than about a cup, your stomach will expand and then you’ll get hungry more.
- Eat lots of fiber. It makes you feel full and takes fat with it out of your body. The natural cleansing helps improve both your energy level and overall feeling of wellness. Spinach, broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower.
- Fidget. You can burn up to 350 more calories a day than someone who remains stationary, according to a study at the Mayo Clinic. The impulse to fidget may be innate, but non-fidgeters can imitate it: Tap your feet, pace, or do calf raises in the shower or when you’re brushing your teeth.
I thought these were pretty cool… of course exercise is still essential, but these small ways add up.