Let me ask you a question…
How much time do you spend just preparing to go the gym?
For most people it takes about 20 minutes to pack their gym bag and get everything ready for the gym.
It then takes another 25-30 minutes to actually drive to the gym.
That means you spend close to an hour just getting prepared to go the gym.
When you look at it that way its easy to see how going to the gym can seem like a complete waste of time.
The good news is going to the gym isn’t the only way you can get into great shape.
5 Ways You Can Burn More Calories Outside The Gym
Learn To Fidget More
It might sound weird, or even a little crazy, but learning to fidget more is a super simple way to burn more calories outside the gym.
And we aren’t just saying this. Research actually backs it up.
According to a study done at the Rochester Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, fidgeting burns 54 percent more calories than being motionless or lying down.
Want to burn even more calories?
Well according to that same study, walking and fidgeting at the same time can result in you burning 154 percent more calories than if you were just sitting there doing nothing.
While your body is constantly burning calories, you can burn an additional 950 calories just by fidgeting all throughout the day.
Change How You Park
When most of us head to the store our first thought is to find a parking spot as close to the door as we possibly can.
But what if you changed that up a bit?
Something as simple as finding a parking spot that’s further away will help you burn more calories while doing your daily errands.
If you can, take the long way back to your car.
Doing so is a simple way to get additional steps and burn more calories.
Take The Stairs
While we all love elevators, the reality is they have made us lazy!
The stairs are not only better for your health, but they are also better for your waistline.
Every time you climb one stair you burn approximately 0.17 calories.
And while that may not sound like much, those additional calories can quickly add up.
Especially if you take the stairs on a regular basis.
If you work in a really tall building such as a skyscraper it may not be ideal to walk all the way up to your office, or wherever it is that you are going.
Instead of taking the stairs all the way up you can take the elevator to a floor that’s two levels below where you are going.
You can then exit the elevator and take the stairs the rest of the way.
If you take the stairs we recommend you always have someone with you as some stairwells are dark and lonely.
If you don’t have someone with you always take the elevator as it is the safer option.
Exercise While Watching TV
TV is probably one of the biggest time wasters of all time.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Use commercial breaks as a time to get a little exercise in.
You can walk in place, walk around the room, do jumping jacks, squats, lunges, and a host of other exercises.
It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you are moving.
Get creative and turn it into a game. This way it will be more like having fun and not exercise.
If you have children get them involved as well.
Doing exercise during commercial breaks is a simple way to be more active without ever leaving your home.
Do a Little Yard Work
Doing yard work is one of the best ways to burn a ton of calories.
Instead of hiring someone to maintain your yard for you, why not do it yourself?
Not only will it save you a few bucks, but it will also help you keep your waistline in check.
One thing you will quickly learn about yard work is its not as easy as it looks.
Mowing the lawn, pulling up weeds, trimming the bushes, all of those activities can be labor intensive.
Pushing a lawn mower around is no joke.
You use your arms, legs, abs, and muscles you didn’t even know you had.
Trust us when we say it is not easy.
Depending on the size of your hard, it make take you at minimum an hour to complete.
During that time your heart rate will increase and your calorie burn will go through the roof.
Pulling weeds will also give you a good calorie burning workout.
Getting a good workout doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in the gym.
The key is to just get moving.
It doesn’t need to be anything difficult and it doesn’t need to last an extended period of time.
Take a look at your day and see different ways you can incorporate more movement.
And remember, the more you move, the better you will feel!