I was coming up with little ways to burn a few more calories here and there. Here’s what I have. I want you to give me a few more. And I’m talking neato tricks, not: “go cycling.” Yes, we KNOW that’ll help. Let’s get tricky.
Do you know that 10 minutes of brisk walking (I mean brisk, not so slow that butterflies can land on you) gets your metabolism churning again towards fat burning? 10 minutes. Okay, that’s a little longer than your average pee break at work, but not so long that the boss comes looking for you. (If you’re a commercial pilot, forget I mentioned this. Stay in your seat!)
When I watched a DVD last night (see below post on UFC), I did it standing up and jogging in place for most of the duration. Sure, not a treadmill, but it had to have burned a few more calories than when I was sprawled on the couch. Heck, I even shadowboxed with some of those fellers. (I won, of course).
How about throwing an extra 10 pounds into your backpack when you’re out on a day hike? Or 45 pounds if you’re a monster. That’s a sneaky way of getting your body to do more.
Don’t eat everything on your plate just because it’s there. I do this in the caf when they make me wrap sandwiches. I noticed that about 50% of the wrap is just “extra.” It’s wrapped around the layer that’s holding the food, but it’s not really *doing* anything for me. So, I pull off the extra, and that must be what? 60 calories?
Side note: this comic who plays some role on the Sopranos once said that his diet involved NOT eating the ice cream on the lid when he opened his Ben & Jerry’s. He said, “That’s what? Fifty calories right there. Huh?” I loved that guy.
I dunno. I’m sleepy. What else do you guys have for me? Get creative. Get fun. In fact, let’s get into all the fun ways we can burn a few extra calories instead of the same old gym stuff? What have you done, or thought about doing, that is just off the wall, but might be helpful?