You are busy. That’s not up for debate. So when you say you don’t have time to workout, it’s not an excuse. It’s the truth. But the good news is, even if you are going nonstop from the moment you wake up to the moment you rest your head on the pillow, there are still plenty of ways for you to burn some extra calories.
It’s not just for the anxious or the bored. Fidgeting is actually a great way to keep your body moving all day, and the more you move, the more calories you burn (of course). When you are on a conference call or stuck in traffic, just move something. It doesn’t matter what.
Okay, chewing gum is slightly beneficial for it’s calorie-burning capabilities, but above that, it keeps your mouth entertained. Which means you won’t feel the need to grab something to eat when you walk by the vending machine. Or when you are cooking and one bite here and one bite there can’t hurt anything (Hint: Yes it can).
Another multi-purpose task, good posture helps to burn more calories because it forces your muscles to engage as they keep you in the right position. But more than that, the simple act of standing up straight will make you look leaner.
Frankly, you should already make time for laughter in your life. Without some fun, what is the point of everything else? But if you need more incentive, laughing is said to burn 50 calories every 15 minutes. So all that time wasted around the water cooler wasn’t for nothing.
You already know your body needs water to thrive, and that drinking water is the secret to supple skin and optimum health. However, it also keeps your metabolism operating at its maximum efficiency. When you are dehydrated, your metabolic rate can slow down by 30%. To prevent this from happening, you should aim for a minimum of eight cups per day.
Fit it In
You may not have the time for a dedicated workout, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in a little yoga or cardio move here and there. Of course, you know about parking far away and using the steps instead of the elevator, but what about doing heel lifts while waiting for your coffee or butt squeezes while in your morning meeting (don’t worry, nobody will be able to tell)? These small moves throughout the day can add up to a substantial amount of calories burned, and you didn’t even have to change clothes afterwards.