TOTAL FITNESS: Burn calories without working up a sweat

Published in this month’s issue of TOTAL FITNESS magazine. Grab a copy TODAY!

Total Fitness July 2011, page 24

If men can just cut out on beer and steak and lose five pounds instantly, women, on the other hand, may burn off the same number of calories (or more) as they would on an hour of aerobics class or intense 30-minute circuit training simply by changing their daily habits one at a time.

Possible? Yes.

Pay attention to these tips on how to make your body work as efficient as a burning machine without breaking a sweat.

Calorie Burning Tip #1 : Stand More

The average calories burned for a 190 lbs male weighing is 252 calories for an hour. meanwhile, a female weighing 140 lbs can burn 127 calories in an hour by just showering and toweling off. You may also burn as much as 76 calories in an hour just by attending a church ceremony, standing quietly. Imagine how much calories you can burn if you`re standing in line waiting for your license renewal or the next train at the station.

So, the next time you’re on the phone, stand up and walk around that tiny are of your cubicle.

Calorie Burning Tip #2 : Calories in, Calories out

What many of us don`t realize is that we`re constantly moving and that every movement helps. Tapping your feet when you’re in your cubicle, stretching,moving your hand in circles, and even the mundane filling of paperwork make a difference–specifically, 5 to 20 calories burned per hour. Every muscle fiber moved becomes energy, which increases your body`s temperature and metabolism.

Calorie Burning Tip #3: Use the Stairs

Use the stairs on your way to your apartment unit, on your way to your third office floor office, or even when you’re heading to the next floor at the mall. This is great not only for burning calories but also for shaping up those bums, hamstrings, and thighs.

Calorie Burning Tip #4: Eat small meals

Rather than cursing the genes you were born with, why not train your body to burn more calories by making your metabolism work in your favor? How? Don`t skip meals. Eat 6 to 7 small meals every 2 to 3 hours. These in-between snacks will curb your cravings and keep you from over-indulging.

Calorie Burning Tip#5: Stretch as soon as you wake up

Bend and touch your toes within the first 30 minutes upon waking up — when your metabolism is at its peak. Take advantage of the magical first 30 minutes. Extend your arm when reaching for your clothes, stretch while taking a shower, sway each leg when you’re brushing your teeth. Without noticing it, you’re actually done a simple workout.

Calorie Burning Tip #6: Breathe

Breath. Tuck in that belly. When properly performed, the rhythmic contraction of the abdominal blood vessels during inhaling and exhaling help circulate blood and enhance oxygen uptake and metabolic rate.

Deep breathing while seated, driving the car, or even just relaxing can fire up your metabolism and burn the fats in your belly.

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