16 Ways to Burn 100 Extra Calories Without Even Trying

by Dawn Chen
WEIGHT LOSS  |  January 18, 2018
  • Small tweaks add up!
    1 / 17 Small tweaks add up!

    Let’s face it, sticking to a weight loss plan can feel like a bore sometimes. We get that it’s tough following a strict diet and exercise regime. Instead, aim to create a sustainable calorie deficit where you constantly burn more calories than you consume to shed those stubborn kilos. It may not seem like much, but these small tweaks will help you torch an extra 100 calories a day – after all, every bit of effort adds up!

    (Also Read: 8 Healthy Foods That Are Secretly Super High in Calories)

    Calorie calculations are from Calorielab, and based on a 55kg woman.

    All photos: 123rf.com

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  • Cook
    2 / 17 Cook

    Instead of ordering food in, make a meal from scratch. Dicing, prepping and pottering around the kitchen for 75 minutes will already burn 104 calories before dinner is served!

    (Also Read: 4 Things You Must Do in Your Kitchen if You Really Want to Lose Weight)

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  • Have your own dance party
    3 / 17 Have your own dance party

    Put on your favourite tunes and boogie at home for 30 minutes to burn 152 calories. Bonus: you’ll have so much fun that you’ll want to keep grooving for longer!

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  • Unleash your creativity
    4 / 17 Unleash your creativity

    Instead of cafe hopping over the weekend, why not make your way to an art jamming studio? You’ll have a chance to release your creative side – which is a great stress reliever by the way – while zapping 193 calories as you paint for an hour.

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  • Plant something
    5 / 17 Plant something

    Spend some time over the weekend to cultivate your own mini garden. You can either grow some herbs at home or prep some indoor plants for the office. An hour of gardening will torch a good 165 calories, plus being around plants is said to have a calming effect on your body and mind.

    (Also Read: 5 Best Places In Singapore To Get Plants And Flowers For Your Home)

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  • Re-organise your house
    6 / 17 Re-organise your house

    Give your home a mini makeover by redecorating it. Just 15 minutes of shifting items and carrying them around will already burn a neat 110 calories.

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  • Babysit
    7 / 17 Babysit

    Take the chance to bond with your kids or volunteer to take the load off someone by babysitting their children. You’ll torch 110 calories by playing with kids for half an hour.

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  • Take a stroll
    8 / 17 Take a stroll

    After dinner, go on a leisurely walk with bae to digest your food and bask in some couple time. Before you know it, an hour would’ve passed and you’d have negated 170 calories. Score!

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  • Stand up
    9 / 17 Stand up

    Instead of sitting, choose to stand. Doing so for two hours a day means you’ll burn an extra 110 calories. Sounds tough? Well, just give up your seat during bus rides and MRT commutes.

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  • Curb your snack habit
    10 / 17 Curb your snack habit

    The easiest way to burn off 100 calories is to not eat them in the first place. Swap your midday candy bar for a healthier snack like fruits or nuts to easily slash off those extra kcal or more.

    (Also Read: The Best Salted Egg Yolk Snacks in Singapore, According to A Blind Taste Test)

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  • Go shopping
    11 / 17 Go shopping

    Spend two hours going through the racks and indulging in some retail therapy to negate 144 calories. (Psst, here’s how you can burn even more calories while shopping. Mall workout, anyone?)

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  • Fidget
    12 / 17 Fidget

    Are you always tapping your foot or twiddling your thumbs? You’re in luck! According to research by the Mayo Clinic in the US, fidgeting can help you burn an extra 100 to 150 calories every single hour. Every. Single. Hour.

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  • Walk your dog
    13 / 17 Walk your dog

    Owning a dog can be good motivation to lead a more active lifestyle. Take your pooch for a walk or run round the ’hood and you’ll burn an easy 136 calories in an hour. When you’re home, give pup a shower to zap an additional 34 calories.

    (Also Read: Love Dogs? This Super Cute Etude House Lucky Puppy Makeup Collection Is Just What You Need)

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  • Stretch it out
    14 / 17 Stretch it out

    Spend 75 minutes stretching or doing yoga to burn 104 calories every day. You don’t have to do this all at once – just spend 10 minutes in the morning doing this simple flow sequence to energise yourself and five minutes every hour stretching and relieving tension in your shoulders and back when you’re at work.

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  • Take the stairs
    15 / 17 Take the stairs

    An oldie but a goodie. Taking the stairs instead of the lift is one of the easiest ways to burn more kcal in a day. Walking up and down the stairs for 20 minutes already torches 128 calories – that’s just four five-minute trips in a day.

    (Also Read: 4 Reasons Why Walking Is Great for Weight Loss)

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  • Rent a bike
    16 / 17 Rent a bike

    With so many bike sharing options in Singapore these days, it’s easier than ever to make cycling a regular part of your day. If the route permits, consider cycling to work. If not, rent a bike over the weekend and cycle to your brunch spot instead of taking a cab there. An hour of cycling will burn 385 calories, plus your body will benefit from the exercise!

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  • Do housework
    17 / 17 Do housework

    Nobody likes doing household chores, but our homes aren’t going to clean themselves. At least you can take comfort in the fact that housework actually burns a fair bit of calories. After an hour of vacuuming and ironing, you’ll burn a collective total of 210 calories. Find out how many calories you burn while doing other household chores like washing the dishes here.

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