For the past little while many of us have seen hundreds of home workout routines, shared by friends, family and co-workers. I am also fortunate to be working for LEON, the top employee wellness company around, which gives me access to the best of the best virtual workouts.
I, like many others, tend to need a short break from working out – it’s not something I can commit to daily. There are people with much busier schedules who don’t have the time to workout 4-5 days a week. Moreover, it’s easy to become complacent during this time of shelter in place. Binge watching Netflix, booze and grocery delivery apps at our fingertips, as well as cooking like you have your own show on The Food Network can all easily contribute to packing on a few extra pounds and hurt your work/life routine. So, regardless if it’s a “rest day” for fitness freaks or any other day for that matter, I asked myself what are some simple household activities one can do to burn a few extra calories without even thinking about it? I did a little research and found some cool tips I’d like to share with you. I actually tried a few of these, and anyone who knows me can probably guess which one was my favorite.
On a recent run through Prospect Park, I discovered beautiful Lookout Hill which you can get to the top in 102 steps for some incredible views. It has become a great addition to my usual routine after noticing how much better it made me feel. Climbing stairs can burn 450-670 calories / hour (at about 75 steps / minute). If you don’t live near Prospect Park or any other large set of stairs, a multi-level house or apartment is all you need to burn those extra calories! To give this workout a boost, just hold a small weight in each hand. If you do not have any workout equipment at home just grab a couple bottles of wine (don’t tell me there’s no wine in your apartment right now, come on) or improvise with cans of soup or vegetables.
Spring is here and Covid-19 or not, like any other year it’s time to get outside and do some work around the house. Whether it’s mowing the lawn, planting some nice tomatoes, or just doing anything we can do to make the neighbors jealous, this is another way you can burn calories without skipping a beat. I was pretty shocked when I found out that activities like simple yard work or even washing your car can burn 225 – 350 calories / hour. I actually don’t own a car, but man I wish I still had my 1982 Dodge Diplomat so I can get out there, crank the volume on my boom box and get a little “workout” in.
Not many people enjoy doing housework, vacuuming in particular. However only twenty minutes on the Electrolux (or Dyson for you millennials) surprisingly can burn up to 80 calories! I’m a little strange so I actually like it. If my apartment was a little bigger I probably would never need to work out again.
The stat that surprised me the most was that after dinner walk around the block. Next time, instead of jumping on the couch to watch an episode of Seinfeld, take a little jaunt around the neighborhood and in 24 minutes you can burn up to 110 calories.
If you’ve succumbed to Zoom parties like many during this crazy time, you know these sometimes can lead to a little dancing, especially if there are some cocktails involved. According to WebMD, if you jam for only eleven minutes, you can burn up to 56 calories.
Ping pong, break dancing, playing catch – the list goes on. At the end of the day just stay active with these simple activities to burn those extra calories at home, while we’re sheltering in place now and even when Covid-19 is nothing but a memory.
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