#MotivationMonday: 5 Easy Ways to Burn Extra Calories

Every one counts when staying in shape.

If you’re focused on getting in shape through watching your calorie intake and concentrating on burning enough to stay fit, helping yourself out by burning an extra 5-10 calories here and there is a major help. Not only will it lessen the amount of work you need to do in the gym, but you’ll increase your natural energy levels throughout the day. Here are 5 simple things you can be doing to burn extra calories:

Take the Stairs

It’s been said that there are two types of people in this world, those who take the elevator and those who take the stairs, hopefully you’re the latter. Of course, if you work on the 35th floor a Manhattan skyscraper you’ll want to go ahead and use the elevator. This advice is for the guy who works on the 3rd floor of his office and still takes the elevator every single day. Even these extra few flights will boost your heart rate and increase your thirst level, which you should be quenching with water.

Park Further Away

When you’re going to the grocery store, the mall or the movies, pull into one of those seemingly abandoned spots at the very back of the lot. It will only add an extra 30 seconds to your walk, but this extra time of movement adds up to some extra calories burned.

Stand Up

Ok, so maybe you’re not ready to adopt the stand up desk lifestyle, but forcing yourself to get up for a couple of minutes each hour and stretch will benefit your body in a major way. When sitting at a desk for long periods of time, your system will go into rest mode and your calorie burn will slow down drastically.

Take a Lap

Set an alarm each hour that you’re at the office to remind yourself to get up and walk around. Not only will this keep your energy levels and alertness at their peak, but you’ll be able to maintain focus and creativity better than by sitting at your desk and not moving around.

Get a Buddy

If you have a meeting scheduled with a coworker to discuss something menial, suggest having the meeting during a walk around the office or even through the neighborhood where you work. It’s helpful for the creative juices to move around and will increase the productivity of the meeting. Plus, you’ll be burning calories the entire time!

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