6. Eat Two Apples a Day
Besides keeping the doctor away, an apple is low in calories. Eating two of them instead of of two bananas or two mangos would eliminate 100 calories. Apples are powerfoods with many benefits.
7. Digitally Demolish Those Coke Calories
Microsoft’s Xbox program called Kinect Sports Calorie Challenge tracks your body movements and displays them in a virtual contest against various food items. You can fight against a Coke, for example, or a chocolate bar (177 calories). It keeps you playing and active until the required amount of calories is burned up. If someone one gave me an Xbox and the game, I wouldn’t mind trying it out.
8. Go Fly a Kite!
This is not an insult but one of the quickest and most exhilarating ways to shed 100 calories. Find a beach or grassy hill, wait for a good gust of wind and then run like crazy. You only have to do so for 12 minutes to burn 100 calories. Hint: if you bring a small child with you, no one will suspect you are reliving your own childhood.
9. Balance with Tai Chi
Tai Chi is not extremely active but has tremendous health benefits and once you learn the basic set of movements you are encouraged to do it every day. Doing one set slowly takes about 20 minutes and it takes 24 minutes to get to the 100 mark calorie-wise.
10. Walking Them Blues Away
Studies have shown besides living longer, walkers enjoy improved mental health and spiritual benefits. About 20 minutes burns 100 calories. This is a no brainer.
By now you get the picture – almost everything burns calories – some things just faster or slower than others. Just move in some way and you will feel better and slim down in the long term. Also with a little food planning, you can make big changes in the quality and number of calories you are inputting.
I personally prefer activities that are outdoors. That way you get the sunshine, the fresh air and the big skies around you. Some inside activities can burn up calories very fast (like a rowing machine at just over eight minutes for 100 calories) but I don’t have that machine at home and it sounds like work!
* The above numbers were for a 135-pound woman. The bigger you are the faster you burn for the same activity.
What do you do to escape calories in a healthy way or burn them up?
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