It’s the holiday season! Christmas is right around the corner and that means it’s time for celebrating, shopping, and of course, eating.
I know that you don’t want to do a double take when you look at your waistline come January, so let's go over some calorie-burning activities that are appropriate for the holidays. Did you know that you can still lose weight without ever leaving your couch? This one's for you!
Of course playing interactive sports games on Nintendo Wii that require standing and moving around will help you burn the most calories. Even first person shooters can be beneficial. Studies have shown that video games actually boost thumb and finger strength, and certain games can improve hand-eye coordination.
Believe it or not, shopping does burn a ton of calories. For example, pushing a cart around for 45 minutes can burn up to 300 calories. If you take in mind the crowded shopping malls of Manila and navigating through swarms of people, you’re bound to lose some weight.
One of the reasons it fluctuates is that you burn more calories when you are in a deep REM sleep, as opposed to a shallow sleep where you’re tossing and turning throughout the night. So get a good night's sleep! I recommend eight hours or more.
However, there are some good things about chewing gum other than the amount of calories burned. It has been proven to boost metabolism, aid digestion, and decrease appetite, which are all good things for a weight watcher. Just make sure you stick to sugarless gums.
YOU COULD ALSO TRY THE FOLLOWING:
- Sweeping - 39 calories (15 mins) /156 calories (per hour)
- Vacuuming - 43 calories (15 mins) /170 calories (per hour)
- Mopping - 43 calories (15 mins) /170 calories (per hour)
- Scrubbing floors on hands and knees - 48 calories (15 mins) /190 (per hour)
- Washing dishes - 22 calories (15 mins) /88 calories (per hour)
Of course, nothing beats going to the gym, but hey, it’s Christmas time, so enjoy feasting too. I know I will.