10 Easy Ways To Burn Calories For Mums On The Go

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When you’re a busy mom, it can be hard to find the time to exercise. Lucky for you, there are some easy ways to burn calories that will help to keep you in shape and manage your weight. Take a look at these easy calorie burners that are perfect for busy moms.

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1. Take the stairs

Taking the stairs is a really easy way to burn calories, and the more you do it – the easier it becomes. You’d use a step climber in the gym, so why not do it in real life. Instead of taking the elevator, make an effort to use the stairs and try to use a bathroom on a different floor to help you keep moving throughout the day.

Why not set yourself a stair challenge as a fun way to get climbing those stairs. Pick a peak or a tall building like the Empire State Building, find out how many stairs it would take to climb to the top and work towards it. You could start off small and build yourself up over the weeks to take on bigger challenges – it’s a fun way to push yourself!

2. Get walking

Did you know that an hour of walking burns hundreds of calories an hour? While an hour of walking might feel like a chore, it’s easy to achieve when you break it up throughout the day. Investing in a fitness tracker is a great way to measure your progress and help you achieve your daily goals, while some smartphones can also track the number of steps you walk each day. There are ways you can make walking more challenging, so if you’re getting back into fitness after a long time away or an injury, this could be a good way for you to build up your stamina over time.

Getting the family to go for a group walk before or after dinner is a good way to help the kids burn off excess energy, while you get the chance for some exercise too. A nice walk in the evening will get you a bit of fresh air, and help everyone to sleep better at night too.

3. Eat calorie burning foods

Believe it or not, there are some foods that help you to burn more calories than they contain. Water-based foods such as cucumbers are a great example of snacks that could help you burn calories without making any extra physical effort. Did you know that eating an ice cube also burns calories? Your body uses energy to melt them, and water contains no calories of its own so you could burn a few extra calories a day by consuming a couple of ice cubes.

Foods that help you burn calories should be an important part of your diet. Making healthy food swaps from processed or unhealthy foods for more natural products that are richer in nutrients will help you to maintain a healthy weight and make a difference to how you feel in yourself too. You can find a good list of calorie-burning foods at http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20534096,00.html, so make sure you add some of these to your grocery list!

4. Do a 20-minute HIIT workout

Counting how many calories you’ve burned at the gym can be depressing, especially if you typically perform a full hour of exercise. Many bikini body plans like those by Kayla Itsines and Jen Ferruggia suggest that HIIT workouts as part of their programs to help you get into shape quickly. You can see a great review of these workouts at http://www.bikinibodyguidereview.com/ to find out which is the best for moms. Instead of wasting your free time at the gym, do a HIIT workout instead. HIIT workouts (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts are those that are high impact and use combination exercises to help you make the most of your exercise time. In just 20 minutes you could perform an exercise that is just as, if not more, effective than an hour in the gym while targeting many muscle groups at once.

5. Add weights to your exercise

If you want to push yourself harder when working out, you should try making them more challenging. If you’re performing simple body exercises around the home then adding a hand or wrist weight into the equation could help to make your workout more effective and burn more calories. If you tend to exercise at the gym, you could up the intensity of your workout or increase the weight you use to help push your body harder and get better results. This is an especially good technique if you’re finding yourself facing a weight loss plateau and could help jumpstart your weight loss once again.

Using weights while you exercise can help you tone those parts of the body that you’re most unhappy with, and you can even use canned foods or filled water bottles instead of going out to buy weights. Check out some great ways to work out at home using hand weights and grab those 10-minute windows where you can.

6. Put some energy into your household chores

Nobody likes to do housework, but there are some ways to make it more fun and to help you burn some extra calories while cleaning. Put on your favorite music and put some real energy into your cleaning routine to not only make cleaning fun but will make you get a sweat on too. Now and then it’s good to do a thorough home clean to help you really burn some calories. Doing this will help keep your home in good shape and make it easier for you to keep your home clean too.

7. Exercise while cleaning your teeth (and other everyday tasks)

There are some great ways to burn calories while doing other everyday tasks, including brushing your teeth. Many workplaces encourage their employees to exercise at their desks and doing so regularly could give you a much-needed screen break while doing some beneficial exercise. Get some inspiration for quick exercises you can do as part of your morning routine and help yourself to burn some extra calories throughout the day. A bit of exercise throughout the day can help increase your energy levels, making you more alert and productive.

8. Do a morning workout

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It’s difficult to find the time to exercise, especially when you’ve got kids to look after. Waking up a little earlier each morning can help you squeeze in that extra bit of exercise that you wouldn’t be able to do once the kids are up. A morning workout can also help you to wake up your metabolism and keep you burning calories throughout the day.

If you tend to struggle to get up to do a workout, pick a friend or someone you know who gets up early to call you in the morning. Put the phone somewhere out of reach and by the time you answer the call you’ll soon be awake and ready to do your workout. You’ll feel much more energized after a workout in the morning and ready for the day ahead.

9. Up the intensity at the gym

If you prefer a gym workout, you can still burn some extra calories that will help you to make the most of your time there. By putting a machine on an incline or increasing the intensity level, you’ll get a more effective workout without having to increase your time at the gym.

If you often feel that your workouts are lackluster or that you aren’t breaking yourself into much of a sweat, you might need to reconsider your gym routine. Look at doing a more intense workout that’s full of energy to get burning those calories. Pack the right gym essentials to make sure you have everything you need for a workout, and you’ll find that you’re much more prepared and ready to workout.

10. Change-up your morning commute

If you always drive to work, you could be costing yourself precious time that could be spent burning calories instead. If your commute is less than an hour’s walk, consider walking or cycling to work to help you get in that extra exercise. By walking or cycling to work, you’ll also be helping the environment, so that’s another good reason to give it a try.

Walking to work gives you the opportunity for a bit of ‘me-time,’ something that’s particularly precious when you’re a mum. Take the time to listen to podcasts or an audiobook and check your emails, make calls or take care of tasks you wouldn’t normally have time for because of your schedule. Even doing this a couple of times a week could help you feel fitter and help you lose weight, without having to sweat it out in the gym.

When you’re a mum on the go, working out can be the furthest thing from your mind but it’s important to remember that exercise is essential and will help to keep you fit and healthy. That’s something you’ll need to be when the kids are running around all day! Find those sneaky ways to burn those extra calories and you’ll soon be a super-fit, super mom capable of anything.

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