Strenuous aerobic and anaerobic exercise is the reality for those looking for sustainable weight loss or muscle gain. However, lifting heavy things isn’t the end all and be all of exercising. There are various ways that you can exercise throughout your day, rev up your metabolism, and stimulate muscle growth without even knowing it.
Keep moving and stay restless. People who tend to fidget can burn up to 350 extra calories a day. A combination of tapping your feet, playing video games that require you to be on your feet, standing up during commercial breaks, and walking around instead of sitting when talking on your phone can quickly add up to several hundred extra calories being burned a day.
– Consume some coffee. Not only can the caffeine content give you a pick me up, but it can also rev up your metabolism for several hours. A revved up metabolism will burn more calories when you are at rest. It’s best to drink the coffee without any additives like white sugar. Consider a splash of flavored milk to offset any disagreeable taste.
– Steps will suffice. Use your pedometer and wear it throughout a typical day. At the end of the day, see how many steps you did that day and then pledge to increase the number by about a quarter of the total steps. These extra steps can quickly add up and augment weight loss.
– Engage your core and straighten up. Good posture does not only make you look more confident and leaner, but it can inadvertently strengthen your abdominal walls since they will constantly be engaged.
Exercising Is More Than Just Physical Movement – It Is a Mindset
It’s important to note that these type of passive exercises does not replace more strenuous activities that will elevate your heart rate for an extended period. Also, the calories lost during these type of activities does not give you the excuse to binge on desserts and other disagreeable foods.
These passive forms of exercise can help you break through a weight-loss plateau, offer a bit of variety to your regimen, and can augment the results of regular training. Just remember that your diet is the main contributor to your weight loss journey – weight loss happens in the kitchen.