Calorie burning activities

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Calorie burning activitiesBeautyHeaven have found four great ways you can burn off calories without stepping foot into a gym. And yes, they’re all legit!

So let me guess, you want to be able to hit the beach this summer with one heck of a lean, toned, Miranda Kerr-style figure, but have no time, money or motivation to be hitting the gym on all the days that end with ‘y’?

Yeah, you’re pretty much like a lot of women who want to enjoy a slimmer figure, but don’t want to take part in the conventional calorie-burning methods. Seriously, 30 minutes sweating it up on a treadmill? No thank you.

Well, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of surprising ways that you can burn calories, and they’re disguised as other activities – activities you wouldn’t normally think of as exercise. Keen to see which calorie burning tasks you can easily incorporate into your everyday life?

SURPRISING WAY TO BURN CALORIES #1: vacuuming

Did you know that vacuuming for only 25 minutes will not only leave you with one spotless floor, it’ll also work your upper body and tone your shoulders and biceps as you push and pull the machine along the carpet? So the next time you’re complaining about the housework, just think about how many calories it’ll help you burn and you’ll feel instantly better about it!

SURPRISING WAY TO BURN CALORIES #2: gardening

Just 30 minutes in the garden is a great way to burn calories, as crouching down to tend to your flowers and weeds is an effective way to strengthen your legs and give your arms a strenuous workout. And if you want to take it to the next level, try mowing the lawn yourself, too. Just like vacuuming, it’s a pretty awesome upper body workout.

SURPRISING WAY TO BURN CALORIES #3: sex

Not only is a bit of ‘special time’ great for your relationship (and the soul!) it’s also an amazing way to burn off those calories, fast! That’s right ladies, rocking the kazbah for just 30 minutes burns around 144+ calories! Experts also estimate that women who orgasm during sex burn more calories during lovemaking than those who don’t. So what’s the key to a high-calorie-burning romp? Making it hot and making it last. Moaning and sighing can also help you burn an extra 18-30 calories a session, so don’t be afraid to get vocal!

SURPRISING WAY TO BURN CALORIES #4: jogging through water


If you can only commit to a short jog each day, make sure it’s through water. It’s one of the most strenuous activities you can perform, as water is about 12 to 15 times more resistant than air. Running at your absolute hardest, you can burn about 17 calories a minute – much faster than if you were on a treadmill.

Written by Olivia, this article originally appeared on BeautyHeaven.

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Mpoyif

    30 minutes of sex! does anyone over 25?

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Good to know thanks for the great tips.

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    Sjoe and all of them seriously work.

    6 years ago •

  1. Henke

    Lol… Guess what I’ll be doing more of… Vacuuming

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Awesome tips! Will definitely be trying these!

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Gardining in this summer I might as well Vacuum.

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Jogging through water…that is how I swim :)

    6 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Great tips:) Not a fan of gardening but the remaining three… of course :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    #1, #2 and #4 will do thank you!

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I can commit to all of the above (“,)

    6 years ago •

  1. Reigh-J

    Thanks for this article, great tips!

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    All the tips…. Awesome :) Thanks

    6 years ago •

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