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5 surprising ways to burn calories
Burning calories is so much easier than you'd think. Here at beautyheaven we're all about accidently getting serious calories burned without following a strict weight loss diet or calculating calories. So forget your calorie counter or calorie calculator and stop tracking your walking calories because there's a much simpler way to lose weight.
As it turns out, there are plenty of surprising ways that you can burn calories, and they’re disguised as other activities – activities you wouldn’t normally think of as exercise. Keen to see which calorie burning tasks you can easily incorporate into your everyday life? Go on, keep reading...
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SURPRISING WAY TO BURN CALORIES #1: vacuuming
Did you know that vacuuming for only 25 minutes will not only leave you with one spotless floor, it’ll also work your upper body and tone your shoulders and biceps as you push and pull the machine along the carpet? So the next time you’re complaining about the housework, just think about how many calories it’ll help you burn and you’ll feel instantly better about it!
SURPRISING WAY TO BURN CALORIES #2: gardening
Just 30 minutes in the garden is a great way to burn calories, as crouching down to tend to your flowers and weeds is an effective way to strengthen your legs and give your arms a strenuous workout. And if you want to take it to the next level, try mowing the lawn yourself, too. Just like vacuuming, it’s a pretty awesome upper body workout.
SURPRISING WAY TO BURN CALORIES #3: sex
Not only is a bit of ‘special time’ great for your relationship (and the soul!) it’s also an amazing way to burn off those calories, fast! That’s right ladies, rocking the kazbah for just 30 minutes burns around 144+ calories! Experts also estimate that women who orgasm during sex burn more calories during lovemaking than those who don’t. So what’s the key to a high-calorie-burning romp? Making it hot and making it last. Moaning and sighing can also help you burn an extra 18-30 calories a session, so don’t be afraid to get vocal!
SURPRISING WAY TO BURN CALORIES #4: breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is not only a great way to bond with your newborn, but have you heard that it’s also a great way to burn up to 500 calories a day? Joy Kosask, co-founder of Simple Wishes (a hands-free pumping bra) says, “our bodies burn almost 20 calories to make just one ounce (around 30mL) of breast milk. Think about it, if your baby eats 19-30 ounces (around 2 ½ - 4 cups) a day – that’s 380-600 calories burned, baby!”
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SURPRISING WAY TO BURN CALORIES #5: jogging through water
If you can only commit to a short jog each day, make sure it’s through water. It’s one of the most strenuous activities you can perform, as water is about 12-15 times more resistant than air. Running at your absolute hardest, you can burn about 17 calories a minute – much faster than if you were on a treadmill.
Do you have any sneaky tricks for burning calories?