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How to Burn More Calories Without Exercise

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you want to lose weight, the key is to burn more calories. While we all know this to be true, getting it done is another thing entirely. If work runs late or kids have practice or we didn’t get enough sleep, it’s hard to get to the gym. Luckily, exercise is not the only way to burn a few more calories. If you want to burn a few extra even when exercise is not an option, take a look at these tips.

Go Spicy

Eating spicy foods is thought to get the metabolism revved up. Chili peppers, cayenne, chili powder … all of these heat up the body’s temperature, and this in turn causes the metabolism to turn over and the body to sweat. Will you burn hundreds of calories a day? No. But if you just want to burn a few more, this could be an easy and delicious way to do it.

Drink Cold Water

Another easy way to burn just a few more calories is to drink your water very cold, preferably ice cold. The idea is that the body has to use energy to heat up the water once it’s inside the body. This takes a bit more energy than room temperature water, and therefore the body has to burn just a few more calories. Again, this won’t burn massive amounts and make you lose a ton of weight. But for those looking to tip-toe their way into weight loss, this may be enough to help.

Take the Difficult Approach

This could be used in many instances. Need to go to the store? Don’t circle the parking lot and wait for a spot. Park at the very back of the lot and walk. Need to get to the second or third floor? Skip the elevator and use the stairs. Consciously choosing the more difficult approach to everyday occurrences in life may help you burn more calories without putting out too much additional effort.

Burning more calories is probably easier than you think. It just takes a little research and dedication to the cause. While exercise is still the best way to burn calories and fat and lose weight, these small tips might help on the days when the gym is not a possibility. Use these in your healthy lifestyle, and get your body moving toward better health and fitness today.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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