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5 Ways to Burn Calories When You Can’t Make it to the Gym

No time for the gym? No problem.

2019-07-16 | By: Amanda Turner

Regular exercise is an important part of our mental and physical health, however, finding time for a workout isn’t always easy. On top of that, going to the gym can get pushed to the end of your to-do list after a busy day. 

But just because you can’t get to the gym doesn’t mean you can’t be active.

With the tips below, you can learn how to start burning some extra calories whether you’re at home, at work, or just out and about.  

5. Take the Stairs Whenever Possible

Do you usually take the elevator at work or events? Hey, we’ve all done it! But if you do so regularly, you’re missing out on the chance to burn some extra calories. In fact, you’ll actually burn ten times the amount of calories walking up two minutes worth of steps than you would riding an elevator. 

Taking the stairs is great way to get your blood pumping and it won’t take you out of your usual routine. And for the truly bold who want to ramp up their stair climbing game, there are even ‘stair challenges’ you can take part in. 

4. Do Chores Around the House

Something as simple as home repair and yard work can double as exercise. Consider getting outside and mowing the lawn (preferably a push mower to burn some extra calories!), landscaping, or doing some work around the house if going to the gym isn’t in the cards for the day. Not only will you be up and active, but you’ll also be taking care of things that need to be done in your home!

3. Jump Rope

When you were a kid, jumping rope was something you probably did for fun - now it’s something you can do to get (and stay) fit. In fact, jumping rope is one of the best and least expensive forms of exercise. Not only does it get your heart rate pumping, but it also improves coordination and agility. A powerful combination for health. Another perk of jumping rope is that it’s something you can do almost anywhere (just be mindful of any neighbors who may live downstairs!).

2. Power Walk Around the Block

When most people think of cardio, running is the first thing that comes to mind. But did you know that walking can also be a great way to get some cardio in? Power walking every day can help you burn calories, lose weight, and relieve stress. Not only is walking absolutely free, but it’s something that most people do every day. 

Instead of taking a leisurely stroll, try picking up the pace a bit to really get your blood flowing. And if you’re really looking to get a good sweat in, you can always turn your power walk into a jog.

Another tip is that if you’re crunched for time, just power walk on your way to work, to your car, or wherever you need to go during your regular routine! 

1. Practice Calisthenics

Although people tend to look at cardio and weight training as two totally separate areas of exercise, these methods overlap quite a bit. As opposed to traditional weight training, calisthenics (think of push-ups, squats, jumping jacks and sit-ups) force you to lift your own body weight. It also allows you to train muscles you wouldn’t be able to access with weight training. 

Another benefit is that you can practice at any time and you don’t have to spend money on equipment. Besides being able to build and tone your body, calisthenics are perfect for when you don’t feel like heading to the gym.  

As you continue on your health and fitness journey, don’t get discouraged! Whether you don’t have a gym membership or simply don’t feel like making the drive after a long day, remember there are plenty of other effective ways to make sure you’re getting your exercise in.

Amanda Turner is a freelance writer and recent graduate who is exploring her passions through writing. 

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