Many people do not exercise. If asked why, you get the same old excuses like “I don’t have time” or “I can’t afford to go to a gym.” Else they will procrastinate and leave all decisions to be made the next day. Now, it is time to take a decision whether you want to live a healthier life or not. You don’t necessarily have to go to a gym or work out in the traditional sense in order to stay fit. Here are some daily activities that don’t feel like exercise, but it will keep you in shape all the same.
Wash your car
If you wash your car for one minute, you will burn approximately 6 calories. If you spend 30 minutes a week in this activity, you will be burning 180 calories a week, that is 9360 calories a year which is equivalent to 2.7 pounds a year! This way, you stay fit and your car stays clean! Plus, you will save a lot of money that you spend on car wash shop!
Clean the house
Another great calorie burner is to clean the house, not just dusting and moping; we are talking about moving the furniture, scrubbing the wall and floors. This will not only strengthen your muscles, but it will burn calories. For example, if you spend one hour/week on house-cleaning, you will burn approximately 12,480 calories, which is almost 3.5 pounds! You work out and the reward? Stronger you and a cleaner house!
Play Video Games
Instead of playing normal video games, get an Xbox Kinect or a Wii and play games that requires you to stand up and move around! If you have played any motion-based games, you’d notice that you start to feel exhausted after a while. This means it’s working! Who would have thought that burning calories could be fun?
Play a Musical Instrument
Playing a musical instrument is a great fat-burner! For instance, you can burn up to 150 calories if you play a guitar for an hour. Or playing a violin for an hour will burn almost the same amount of calories as walking around at a moderate pace for an hour.
Bike to Work
Sell your car or use it a little less frequently. This way, you will walk more and use your bike more. You might even start using public transport which is a great way to burn fats. You save money on gas, reduce pollution, and get a workout without even knowing it!
Go on fitness-oriented holidays
Most people go on a vacation to simply hangout by the beach. You can do a lot more than that. Instead of lazing around by the beach the whole day, you can instead participate in a lot of activities like snorkeling, water dancing, beach volleyball, etc.
Get a Dog
Getting a dog might be the healthiest decision you have ever made. Not only is a dog a great companion, it will make you indulge in a lot of playful activities. Plus, you will be working out still when you take your dog out for a walk.
If you spend 30 minutes a day on walking your dog, you will also be walking for 30 minutes, the recommended duration for a daily workout. Let’s say you burn 6 calories a minute. For 30 minutes a day, you will have 19 less to worry about by the end of a year! If your dog lives for 10 years, you will be burning 190 pounds! Now, who let the dogs out?
The most sexy/elegant way to lose weight is to dance! There are various dance forms to choose from! You can check out swing dancing, zumba workout, tango, hip hop or belly dancing, etc! Even if you don’t want to join a dance class, you can groove to the music when you go out on Friday nights.