Fortunately, relief is at hand when you realize that there are many ways to up your activity and daily calorie burning without a gym. Read along for a great list of 10 ways to do just that!
Before getting to that list, though, consider three important points:
First, though, remember it’s possible to out-eat any activity level and still not lose weight so controlling your food intake is still important.
Second, be clear on both the health and weight loss results you want. What are your goals? Mobility Weight loss? Strength building? Increasing your fitness level might require a structured exercise program but that’s a topic for another blog. Here you are looking purely at the calorie burning benefits of activity so you can be flexible.
Third, for most of us, starting small is the way to go. Increase your activity progressively so your body can adjust. It may be easier than you think to increase your NEAT (Non-Exercise activity thermogenesis), or all those daily activities that aren’t that vigorous.
So, here’s our list of 10 ways to burn calories without the gym:
- singing in the shower or on your commute
- some of those basic inside household chores: cleaning, laundry, sweeping, cooking
- some of those basic outside household chores: yard work or gardening
- low impact activities that use your mind and body: hopscotch, jump rope, darts, badminton, charades, mini golf, bowling, dance)
- regular walks, perhaps with your dog or window shopping
- practice good posture
- basic stretching
- get chilled to make your body shiver
- use apps to help track your movements
Think about how your typical day flows, keeping these activities in mind, and imagine progressively adding more of these activities to burn more calories on a daily basis.
How can you add NEAT movements into your day? An early morning, lunchtime, or after dinner stroll? A screen break to stretch and socialize? Seated exercises at your desk or on the couch? Active social activities? Singing and dancing along as you complete various tasks?
The more you move, the more your body uses energy. While these activities won’t necessarily burn a lot of calories, the increased mobility often will make you want to do more. And you don’t need a gym to do them.
What other calorie-burning activities can you think of? Share in the comments!