Ten easy ways to burn 100 calories

January 8, 2013

100 calories may not seem like much at first glance, but according to Fitbie, that can add up quickly. If you drop 100 calories daily, seven days a week, you could lose 10 pounds per year! Here are some obvious and not-so-obvious ways you can get in a quick workout:

Cardio fitness equipment
Although this may be an apparent way to shed the pounds, it works. Hopping on an elliptical or treadmill can help you burn up to 200 calories in just 15 to 20 minutes, said Fit Watch. Whether you’re at home or visiting the gym, this option never gets stale. TRUE cardio fitness equipment works to deliver you the best possible workout. Their bikes have mesh seats for back support while the treadmills and ellipticals have preset workouts to get you on your way to a more trim figure.

Iron your clothes
Doing a simple chore like ironing your clothes for 38 minutes can help you burn 100 calories. Even though you may not realize it, you’re continually moving your arms and shoulders, helping to get a quick workout and tone those muscles.

Shop til you drop
Well, not quite til you drop. It only takes 38 minutes of walking around the mall to lose 100 calories. What better way to lose weight than by shopping? Try walking at a more brisk pace from store to store to burn even more calories.

Invite friends for dinner
Yes, you can entertain guests for a dinner party and be on your way to losing weight in no time. According to Amy Gallo of Today, by chopping ingredients and getting the house cleaned and the table set, you can burn 100 calories in only 38 minutes. Just be sure to cook up a healthy recipe!

Dance it out
There are several video games on the market that allow you to dance your way to better health. Dance Dance Revolution, DanceMasters and Just Dance provide step-by-step choreographed dances for you to easily follow. Just Dance even has a workout portion of the game, where it tracks your progress and counts calories!

Shovel snow
There is one upside to having to shovel the driveway – getting in shape! By shoveling the white stuff, you’ll be getting in a great workout. According to She Knows Health and Wellness shoveling snow for an hour can be comparable to a moderate cardio workout. If you’re lifting bigger piles of snow, almost your entire body will be benefiting from this workout. You’ll especially feel it in your back, biceps and shoulders.

Jump on the trampoline
This is an extremely fun way to burn calories and not even realize it! Gallo said jumping on a trampoline for just 27 minutes tones your legs, butt and abs, allowing you to hop your way to 100 less calories. If you want an even better workout, do tuck jumps to work your abs.

Are you the outdoorsy type? Hop in a canoe to burn 100 calories in just 25 minutes. Not only can you enjoy the beauty of nature, but by paddling, your arms will be on their way to achieving a toned look. The more you paddle, the more you’ll be building up your endurance. The core is also worked because paddling forces your body to rotate and twist through the torso.

Walk your dog
Both you and your pooch will benefit from this one. Your pup will appreciate the time outside and your body will be on its way to getting slim and trim. In only 29 minutes, you will have cut 100 calories with your best companion by your side.

Use a punching bag
Slugging a punching bag for just 15 minutes will help you shed 100 calories. This will build up strength and release any frustrations that have been accumulating throughout the day, helping to reduce stress. This quick workout is also a great cardio workout and gets your blood pumping fast.