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6 Sneaky Ways to Burn More Calories and Lose Weight Faster

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6 Sneaky Ways to Burn More Calories and Lose Weight Faster

You can stay lean by just including a little exercise in your daily schedule. There are several ways of losing calories and maintaining a lean and healthy body.

You do not have to follow a strict regimen to keep your weight because there are other ways as well. You can do that by maintaining a clean, healthy and balanced diet. You can also use weight loss supplements, but it is better to go for the healthier options. The weight gain is a serious problem especially for people who spend their day sitting behind a desk. Too much sitting can result in greater risks of diabetes or cancer. It can also increase inflammation, insulin levels and it may slow down the metabolism.

Here are some sneaky ways of losing weight and you will not even realize that you are burning fat, and they will also make your day much more fun.

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1. Get Up and Walk Around

Nowadays people spend too much time sitting behind a desk. The use of computers have increased a lot, and people do not get involved in physical activities. When people are not at office sitting at their desk, they will be sitting on their sofas at home watching television or using their phones. With the increased use of technology, interacting on social media has become a new form of social gathering.

If you want to burn more calories, you need to get off your sofa and move around. Even when you are watching television, you should get up during the commercials and move around because even standing up can burn calories. Walking helps in burning about three to five times as many calories.

2. Taking the Stairs

Nowadays every building has elevators, but using elevators are not going to assist you in burning many calories. Whenever you have a choice between stairs and elevators, try to take the stairs.

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Using the stairs is an excellent way of burning extra fat and staying smart and healthy. According to a study, you can burn more calories by taking one step at a time. Use the benefit of the stairs whenever you can.

3. Walking or Cycling to Work

If you are not living too far from your workplace, then it is better to walk or cycle to work instead of taking a cab or driving a car. It will not just save you money or keep the planet clean; it will also keep you fit and healthy.

Cycling is an excellent way of burning calories. It is also a pretty enjoyable activity, and you will not get easily bored with it. Cycling or walking to work will help in sneaking the exercise that you need every day.

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4. Spicing Up the Food

According to research eating spicy food filled with chili pepper helps in boosting the metabolic rate. It assists in burning more and more calories. You can make some adjustments to your diet and lead a healthy and fit life.

You just need to spice things up a little, and you will not even notice the change. You can also lose some extra calories by chewing gum. Be sure to use sugarless gum so that it does not result in cavities in your teeth.

5. Getting Busy With Household Chores

You can help yourself by getting involved with all the household chores. Cleaning the house, changing fitted sheets, cooking meals, etc. are a good way of exercising your muscles.

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Once you start thinking of your chores as a way of maintaining a fit body and mind, you will start enjoying the tasks. These tasks are essential for the maintenance of you home as well. You can keep a clean home and burn some extra fat as well.

6. Take Your Time While Shopping

Shopping is an exhausting activity. You can burn a lot of calories by walking through the aisles and looking through all the shops. It is an excellent opportunity to walk and exercise. So whenever you go shopping try to walk through every aisle and look through all the shops. It will help in keeping up with all the trends and fashions while burning the extra calories.

These are some of the activities that are enjoyable and not stressful at all which makes them perfect for maintaining a fit physique.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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