It’s hard to find the time to go to the gym. Heck, some people (me included) HATE going to the gym anyway. I know I’d rather do pretty much anything than go to the gym. But we all need to exercise because it’s a great way to burn calories, make us feel better, and make us LOOK better. So how can you burn calories at home so you don’t have to go to the gym? Below I’ve listed some excellent tips that will show you how to do just that.
How To Burn Calories From The Comfort Of Your Own Home
1. Building muscle is very important to burn calories and also to decrease the likelihood of injury. It also helps prolong life and makes you look younger (there’s no reason not to build muscle!). But how do you do it without using expensive gym equipment? It’s easy. What you need to do is have a light set of dumbbells in visual sight near or in the kitchen at all times. In the 10 to 12 minutes it takes for most pasta to boil, you could finish working either your biceps or triceps. You should keep dumbbells by the telephone so that you can work out while you talk. Keep dumbbells by the television so that you can work out while you watch TV. Keep dumbbells by your bed and workout before you do anything else in the morning.
2. Jump rope! Jump rope to work your whole body in minutes. Jumping rope is a very intense exercise that will work your whole body in just 20 minutes. If you are starting and are sedentary, the first thing you should do is check with your health-care professional. Once you’re ready, start by jumping in place for five minutes two times a day without a rope. If you can’t do it for five minutes, then take breaks.
After a week or so of just jumping around, you’re ready to try it with a rope. At first, start slowly, then gradually increase the number of jumps you do each minute until you’re performing about 70 to 100 jumps per minute. When you’re done, warm your legs down with some walking. Drink plenty of fluid, eat right, and don’t overdo it, otherwise you might get some calf-muscle cramping. It’s definitely worth spending the time learning to jump rope.
It’s a refreshing change of pace from other workouts, it’s cheap, it’s easy to take with you on a trip, and it’s fun. A change of scenery can make it even more enjoyable. Try the beach boardwalk, a park, the mountains, or different places around your home.
3. Flex whenever possible. This is a great way for you to learn how to burn calories while sitting. While sitting in the kitchen talking on the phone, sitting and reading the paper or a book, or just sitting and watching television, gently but firmly tighten and then relax your abdomen or buttocks over and over again for a quick and convenient workout. These little motions will help to strengthen your musculature.
4. Use the stairs in your home as much as possible. If you have a bathroom upstairs then use it instead of the one downstairs. Put the phone upstairs so you have to go upstairs to use it. Simply do 10 or 20 up and down trips on your stairs can burn a decent amount of calories (just make sure you’re healthy enough to do it and be careful—use the handrail!).
5.While cooking or if you’re not doing anything in particular try running in place or jumping jacks.
6.Do push ups and sit ups using a bath towel. Simply lay the bath towel on a carpeted surface and lay down on it to do your sit ups and push ups.
7. Invest in a nice piece of exercise equipment. My favorite is the elliptical machine because it’s very low impact and burns a lot of calories. You can also look into stair climbers, treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines, and cross-country ski machines. You don’t even have to buy them new if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Look on Ebay, Craigslist or your local want ads for people selling their used equipment. You can find some great deals by doing this.
8. While sitting and talking or watching television you can try bouncing your legs. Studies have shown that people who work at a desk all day may burn an additional 300 calories if they simply bounced their leg while they sat!