Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.
Feel the burn and burn calories
Something most of us prefer not to think about is burning calories, but we should. This process doesn't have to be torture. It can be fun.
Consider it an adventure to discover new and challenging ways to find a way to fit the flab. We all have excuses.
I'm too busy, too tired, still have to finish off that bowl of ice cream...the list is endless.
I'm always seeking out unique ways to burn calories. Whether by gardening, playing with my grandkids or just by using the stairs instead of the elevator. I always feel like I accomplished something good for my heart after a successful calorie burn.
Once you get into a routine and notice a difference in the way your clothes fit that routine will become a way of life. Challenge yourself to burn as many calories in a day as you possibly can. Don't just sit there...you have to move it to lose it.
Brush and stretch
You burn calories by simply brushing your teeth. Really you do!
Not that many, so how about stretching and tightening your legs while maintaining your pearly whites?
Slowly raise onto your tippy toes and slowly lower your feet to a standing position....repeat the process.
Go ahead and try it.
Coffee and a lunge
While waiting for your coffee to finish perking how about doing some lunges?
Lunges are beneficial for the core area and the legs.
Besides the calorie burn (not coffee burn) you will also develop your leg muscles.
Start with five lunges per leg and build up to as many as you desire.
Stairs vs Elevator
If you have stairs walk up and down the stairs for a burn. Elevators are the easy way.
We all need a good challenge and sometimes easy isn't always a good thing.
I avoid the elevator whenever possible and always look for the stairs.
Challenge yourself and take two stairs at a time. Stand straight, look forward and march on.
My favorite toning exercise is push ups. Push ups condition the entire body!
Anytime you pass a countertop in your home just drop and give yourself 20.
Yep, there is no need to get down on the ground anymore as long as your body is in the correct position these push ups serve their purpose.
Feel free to perform this act in public, but you might receive a few quizzical glances from passerbys. This routine can become addictive.
We never forget how to ride a bike ...
Instead of driving how about dusting off your bicycle and taking it out for a spin?
With the money you save on gas you can purchase stylish accessories for your new wheels.
That cute little bell to warn pedestricians you are approaching or a neat license plate that says "I'm in for burning calories."
Correct your posture. Sit straight. Yes, you! Stop slouching!
By sitting straight and tightening your core muscles you are burning calories and strengthening your abs.
Instead of drinking a six-pack consider showing yours off one day. Soon.
The Car Wash
It's so easy to just drive over to the local car wash or gas station to wash your vehicle. How about just cleaning your car yourself?
All you need is a bucket, hose, cloth for drying, sponge and some soap. Think about the fun you could have!
Wear your swimwear (if you are daring enough), blast some summer tunes and dance away as you scrub away the dirt that has accumulated. The calorie burn will surely be beneficial.
Mow the lawn
Let's not forget about lawn care. Someone has to tend to the yard. We could hire a maintenance company to come and do the job, but who gets the calorie burn? No one.
Most likely they are sitting on mowers. This is where the pushmower comes in. Not only are you burning calories and getting a decent cardio workout, but you could also work on your tan.
These are reasons I enjoy mowing the yard plus the power of the mower .... vrrroom!!!
The above are just some suggestions. There are many, many more. Just use your imagination and enjoy the new you!
Dance like this baby and you WILL burn MANY calories!
A FUN music video to help burn calories! Challenge yourself to get moves like Jagger :)
© 2011 Linda Bilyeu
How did you burn calories today?
Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on June 08, 2013:
Greater that this older hub has popped up. I am trying to get fit. It is hard to burn enough calories to lose weight, but I am sticking to it. It is good for heart health to stay active.
Nell Rose from England on June 08, 2013:
This is so apt for me, I am dieting and exercising! yes, me, the one who has no problem losing weight normally, has in fact put on a out 12 pounds! Arggghhh! lol! I can't fit into my trousers, my stomach is so big I can carry a cup around on it, and I look like a blob! I actually do do the things you mentioned above, the counter pushups, the steps on the toes etc, but I am getting out the weights and going for it now! great hub, and ideas, nell
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on June 08, 2013:
Fun hub with great ideas, too. We don't think about what we're doing--or not doing. A few leg lifts at the microwave add up over time.
Voted up and useful!
Mary Craig from New York on June 08, 2013:
I love it when one of your old hubs pops up and I get the treat of reading it for the first time. Of course this hub is evergreen, unless of course you live in the north in which case, shoveling snow burns calories too ;)
Voted up, useful, and interesting.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 08, 2013:
Just came for reread to remind myself to burn some calories today! My bedroom and office is upstairs, so I'm up and down many times a day!
Dianna Mendez on June 07, 2013:
I will have to start exercising while brushing my teeth. Love the suggestions. The baby video is cute.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on February 26, 2013:
Terrye, Jools, Richard, LL, Mary ... Thanks for sharing the "unique" ways that you burn calories! :)
L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on October 04, 2012:
My little routine to keep the couch potato in me at bay is to walk in place during commercials when watching T.V. Since there are sooooo many commercials now, it's a fair workout.
Great hub; voted up and Shared.
Rich from Kentucky on October 04, 2012:
Let's see... reaching for the potato chips will burn so many calories... walking to the fridge for a sandwich will burn so many calories... constantly typing comments will burn so many calories... walking from the truck into the Dollar Store to buy snacks will burn calories.... gee, Linda, you're making this easy! lol We do all need to get exercise. Was much easier before heart problems set in. Still, gotta keep moving. Great ideas!
Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 04, 2012:
Funny I should read this Hub today, cause that's just what I'm doing today: burning calories by cleaning my dirty house and doing laundry long overdue.
I voted this UP, and will share.
Jools Hogg from North-East UK on October 04, 2012:
I burnt calories on a 5 mile walk this morning; I do that every morning. Then I did housework for about two hours but I have been a bit of a couch potato this afternoon to be honest. This hub was very interesting!
Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 23, 2012:
How many calories do we burn while reading? :) Great ideas. I'll burn calories by thinking about it and maybe writing a hub. Voted up and more. :)
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on August 09, 2012:
Hi Eddy, Audrey and Kelley! I hope you are still having fun burning calories. This hub keeps me motivated :)
Jainismus, I would suggest you eat more junk food and sweets, but that's not healthy. Burning calories is good for your heart so no matter if one is thin or thick always find a way to keep your ticker healthy.
Thank you for your comments.
Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on August 09, 2012:
Great Hub, it will surely help those who want to burn calories. In my case I am already slim, and actually want to become slightly fat. Is there any suggestion from you?
I voted up this hub and shared with my followers.
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 30, 2012:
I love walking for burning calories - but not in 109 heat like today!
This hub is so good sunshine. But then everything you write is fantastic! And so are you!
kelleyward on June 29, 2012:
Another fun motivating hub by Sunshine! Thanks for the fun tips on how we can get moving this morning. Sharing this one! Kelley
Eiddwen from Wales on April 12, 2012:
A great hub ;I am supposed to be on a diet;for the first time ever but I'm not doing very well at all.
This may give me the push that I need;so thanks for sharing.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 12, 2012:
Hi Julie, Tina and Sannel ... always remember any little bit counts! The countertops work great for the upper body and fingers across the keyboard are great for the fingers! Haha!:)
SanneL from Sweden on April 12, 2012:
Excellent advice Linda! Lately, the only exercise I get, are when my fingers run over the keyboard on my laptop lol!
Christina Lornemark from Sweden on April 12, 2012:
I really need to improve my activity since I have been to lazy during the winter! I like the push ups against the countertops and will try them! You have chosen very good pictures Linda:))
Jools Hogg from North-East UK on April 12, 2012: