You know that friend, the one who is always tapping her leg, getting up to straighten the bookshelf, the one who generally just can't sit still? She's likely burning an extra 200 to 300 calories a day on top of any workouts she does or the amount of calories she burns just being alive. This process is neatly called NEAT, which stands for "NonExercise Activity Thermogenesis" (say that 5 times fast!), and it's essential for successful weight loss. Basically, it's the extra stuff you do, physically, all day long that adds up. Make a point to add more "neat" into your day and you can zap another 500 calories! Here are a few ideas:
Do crunches in bed: You could burn about 20 calories in under 5 minutes just by drawing your knees to your chest 25 to 50 times, plus it strengthens your abs and gets your blood pumping.
Dance around while getting dressed: Turn up the radio or listen to upbeat music on your iPod (if you can) while doing all your morning rituals-an hour of hip shakin' can burn about 55 calories.Tired of the belly fat? Dance it off!
Stand up! Don't sit when you can be on your feet-you'll burn about 40% more calories. So just take a stand-when you're on the phone, watching kids at the playground, making small talk at a party.
Laugh: Watch something that's consistently funny (like 30 Rock) and you could burn about 40 calories if you guffaw for 10 to 15 minutes straight.
Walk, pace, jog down the hall: In other words, MOVE! Doing little bits of activity all day-taking the stairs to use the restroom on another floor at work, doing an extra lap around the grocery store-can help you burn an additional 375 calories a day!
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