Lose Weight For Free – 9 Easy Ways to Burn Some Calories

by Pam on July 5, 2009

Here are some easy ways to burn calories with minimal effort and with little or no cost.

1.  Eat hot peppers to speed up your metabolism.  Studies show that spicy foods can increase your metabolism temporarily, increasing the rate at which you burn calories. 

2.  Take the stairs rather than using elevators.  Climbing the stairs 4 minutes each day can lead to a 4 lb. (1.8kg) weight loss in a year.

3.  Drink ice water.  Drinking cold water helps you to burn calories because your body has to work harder to warm the water and absorb it.  Also, keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day is important.  If you get dehydrated your metabolism will slow down in an attempt to find moisture within your body.

4.  Stand instead of sit when appropriate.  Standing burns more calories than sitting.  If you are waiting for an appointment, or at an airport, get into the habit of standing for a while rather than just sitting during your wait.

5.  Chew sugarless gum.  Burn calories and freshen your breath at the same time. 

6.  When you go to work, purposely park your car as far away from the entrance as possible, so you can get some fresh air and exercise on your way in and out the door.

7.   Get into the habit of frequently moving your legs and feet to burn extra calories.  Squeezing a rubber ball periodically throughout the day also helps.

8.  Get rid of your remote control.  If you are watching TV, every time you want to change the channel, make yourself get up and change it.

9.  Keep your home’s temperature cool.  Your body will burn more calories keeping your body warm.

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