Burn extra energy quickly and easily—no gym equipment required.
Anthony Bevilacqua, C.P.T., for Muscle & Fitness 1 / 7
It All Adds Up
Burning 100 calories might not sound like much, but a little work here and there can really add up over time. One pound of fat contains 3500 calories; the only way to burn it off is to create a caloric deficit. Fortunately, torching 100 calories can be surprisingly easy and quick, especially for guys who aren't accustomed to cardio work.
Here are six easy ways to give yourself a caloric boost.
On average, 15 minutes of stair climbing can burn roughly 140 calories. Instead of taking the elevator, use the stairs. As long as you have access to a staircase, set a timer for 15 minutes and walk up and down a flight.
For the average guy, running for just 7 minutes will burn over 100 calories. Walking on the treadmill takes almost twice as much time to burn the same amount. Don't be afraid to take your run outside either—running on a beach can burn an additional 50 calories in the same time.
This is one chore you might not want to skip. Pulling weeds, raking leaves, shoveling snow, or digging for less than 10 minutes is hardly glorious, but it can leave you in a puddle of sweat and easily burn 100 calories. The key with yard work is not to move at a slow pace. Move quick and relentless when attacking the yard or your snow-filled driveway.
Twelve minutes of swimming can burn well over 100 calories. Swimming is a full body exercise that also helps to strengthen nearly every muscle in your body, and it puts virtually no environmental stress on your joints.
Thirty minutes of vacuuming your house or your office will burn 100 calories (not to mention the added benefit of a clean house or office). You'd be surprised how many calories you can burn doing work around your house. You may not want to ignore your chores!