5 Ways To Burn An Extra 200 Calories

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Exercise is not typically at the top of the list of things you enjoy doing and therefore many people are seeking alternative options to help burn those excess calories. You will be amazed at the various options out there which provide an effective workout without you even realising it. Some of these include simple tasks which are often done on a daily basis while other activities provide fun and enjoyment – words not usually associated with working out. Read on to discover these calorie burning gems.

1. Yoga

Yoga is a great form of exercise which not only burns calories but also helps to increase your flexibility, builds strength, and even helps prevent heart and metabolic disease. Yoga encourages the body to stop storing excess fat and calories. By making this a regular activity you will experience emotional and physical results right away.

There are many different forms of yoga you can try and depending on which type you take the amount of calories burned varies. However the average amount you will burn is about 200 calories for 1 hour. By further intensifying your yoga workout and challenging your body you will dramatically increase calories burned. Read on to discover the different yoga practices and how many calories you will burn with each.

Hatha – 175 calories per hour, equal to a slow walk
Ashtanga – 300 calories per hour, equal to a brisk walk
Power Yoga – 300 calories per hour, equal to a brisk walk
Vinyasa – 445 calories per hour, equal to a 1 hour bike ride
Bikram and Hot Yoga – 630 calories per hour, equal to 1 hour of jogging (Watch The Barkan Method: Hot Yoga to discover how to lose weight with this form of yoga)

2. Dancing

Dance is an effective form of exercise and can burn just as many calories as you would by swimming, walking, or bike riding. The amount of calories you will burn depends on the intensity of the dance, length of dance, how much effort you put in, and how much you weigh. You can burn anywhere between 200-400 calories with just half an hour of continuous dancing. Studies have shown that people who weigh more tend to lose more calories while dancing.

• 105 pounds = average 240 calories per hour
• 170 pounds = average 388 calories per hour
• 250 pounds = average 572 calories per hour

The most effective forms of calorie burning dance styles include pole dancing, Zumba, and belly dancing. Dancing does not only provide calorie burning benefits it helps to improve muscle strength, bone density, balance, and co-ordination.

Zumba is the most effective form of dancing for weight loss. For DVD instructions and all the tools you need to do Zumba at home, check out this complete home Zumba Fitness Total Transformation System.

3. Housework

Housework is an excellent way to burn extra calories and it is something most people do on a regular basis which is a bonus. The amount of calories you burn depends however on the amount of effort you put in and different forms of cleaning have their own individual benefits.

The best chores to work out your arms include sweeping, mopping, dusting, and polishing. To tone your thighs and improve flexibility any stretching or bending chores will help such as making the bed, washing the windows, or doing the laundry. As mentioned before you will burn more calories performing more intensive jobs including spring cleaning and decorating. Do not forget the stairs, by running up and down these during your daily cleaning rituals will provide an effective workout.

4. Gardening

Gardening is a hidden treasure for burning calories; you have the added benefit of getting in touch with nature and breathing in the fresh air. It can also be very relaxing and can help clear your mind, what other form of exercise allows you be relaxed while burning calories? Studies have shown that the continuous simple acts of kneeling, standing, weeding, and watering can burn over 300 calories per hour of gardening. For the majority of workouts available in your typical gym you can find an alternative method while gardening. Breakdowns of calories you are likely to burn are as follows:

Ride-on mower: 101 calories
Push mower: 182 calories
Manual shears: 182 calories
Weeding: 182 calories for ½ hour

5. Swimming

Swimming is a great workout which works all major muscle groups in the body and therefore is a very effective way to burn calories. This is a perfect form of exercise as it is low intensity ensures there is no stress on muscles and joints. Depending on what swim stroke you do will determines how many calories you will burn.

Freestyle: This is the quickest swimming stroke which tones your abdominals, glutes, shoulders, and strengthens the back.
Calories burned: 100 every 10 minutes.

Breaststroke: This stroke provides a good workout for chest muscles, inner thigh, shoulders, hamstrings, and triceps. It also tones up the heart and lungs.
Calories burned: 60 every 10 minutes.

Backstroke: This stroke tones the buttocks, stomach, shoulders, and arms.
Calories burned: 80 every 10 minutes.

Butterfly: This stroke improves upper body strength, increases flexibility, tones abdominals, chest, back muscles, arms, and triceps.
Calories burned: 150 every10 minutes.

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  1. I had no idea I could burn so many calories dancing! Fabulous news because I love bellydaning and zumba! And I can burn more calories dancing for 30 minutes than I can jogging away on the treadmill.

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