Did you know you passively burn calories daily? Scientists call it non-exercise activity thermogenesis.Many of us are constantly looking for new ways to exercise and stay in shape. However, what we may not realize is that in our daily routine we already perform activities that help burn calories and strengthen our bodies. In this article we will explore 6 unexpected exercises you may be doing daily without even noticing.
1. GROCERY SHOPPING
Strolling supermarket aisles or the mall can torch up to 200 calories per hour. To intensify, park further from entrances, take stairs not elevators.
2. WASHING YOUR CAR
Scrubbing your car can incinerate 135 calories in 30 minutes! Squatting to clean wheels doubles as a quick leg workout.
3. SHOVELING SNOW
This winter chore can melt 180 calories in just 30 minutes. Without knowing it, you sneak in exercise and calorie burn.
4. STANDING IN LINES
Waiting in queues to pay bills improves circulation and leg health, in addition to passive calorie burn.
From chopping to washing pots, you can sear 75 calories in 30 minutes of kitchen time. Forego blenders and hand mix for arm toning too.
6. Going barefoot
25% of foot muscles activate only when barefoot, especially on unstable surfaces like sand or grass.
So next time you grocery shop, do chores, or cook, know you’re sneakily strengthening your body and burning extra calories too!
As we have seen, there are many everyday activities we perform that provide physical benefits we tend to overlook. From grocery shopping to cooking or washing your car, these are opportunities to burn calories and work out different parts of the body. The next time you do these tasks, remember you’re not just completing your chores, but also contributing to your health and wellbeing. Stay alert to all the ways you can incorporate some physical activity into your day-to-day.