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How to Burn Calories without Even Trying

By Kayla M. Burson on October 1, 2012
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During the week, it may seem like all you have time for is studying and sleeping, if you’re lucky.  The hours and days just seem to fly by as you sit in front of your computer commenting on facebook about the ten page paper due tomorrow that you haven’t started or mindlessly doodling in the margins of your psychology reading.  It makes it very difficult to find time to go to the gym and get in a solid work-out without stressing about the textbooks left unattended in your room. But, did you know that studying can actually burn calories?  An average female will burn 670 calories after studying for six hours, while an average male will burn 806 calories!  If you are just relaxing and daydreaming at your desk either in class or in your room for six hours, a female can burn up to 383 calories while a male can burn 460 calories.  Even showering, brushing your teeth, and styling your hair can burn calories—so keep up with your hygiene!  Every little activity you do has the potential to burn calories, and in turn, shed pounds.

To maximize your ability to burn calories without even stepping foot in the gym, keep up with your simple routine, but just add a little extra passion to it!

1)      Brush your teeth the recommended 3 minutes.  Brushing your teeth for six minutes a day can burn 15 calories for an average female and 18 for a male.  In just one month of brushing, you have burned about two slices of Boston crème pie!  If you want an extra big slice, invest in a tooth tunes toothbrush and dance along to songs like Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” like no one is watching, although I gotta feeling that your entire dorm will be.

 

2)      Take the Stairs.  I know they can seem awfully steep and intimidating after a long day of class, but 30 minutes of stair climbing is equivalent to 243 and 293 burnt calories for an average female and male, respectively.  Getting to the top will never feel more rewarding!

 

3)      Speed Walk to Class.  After finally finishing your paper, you might be running a bit late anyway, so use your irresponsibility to your advantage to entice you to speed walk or even run to class.  An hour of speed walking is equivalent to the loss of 311 or 374 calories for average women or men.

 

4)      Shower.  Please do this whether you are interested in burning calories or not…but one positive outcome of doing this (besides not repelling your classmates) is an average female can burn 85 calories while an average male can burn 102.  To burn a few more:  scrub your hair with some extra vigor, shake out the last drop of shampoo (the movement and distribution of shampoo in the bottle while you shake it works and tones your arms almost like the shake weight, almost…maybe), and of course dancing is always an option—just watch your elbows inside the 2×2 cube!

 

5)      Clean your Room.  Not only will your parents be impressed when they come to visit, but you can burn some major calories.  Mopping for an hour can burn 271 calories for an average female and 326 for an average male; rearranging furniture for thirty minutes can burn 200 or 240 calories; and standing and admiring your work for twenty minutes can burn 24 or 29!  Need more to clean?  Ask your friends if they want to pay you to clean and feng shui their rooms.

 

To calculate how many calories you burn every day, whether you are just doing your day to day activities or training for marathons, check out this Calorie Burn Calculator from Health Status.  I used this tool to estimate the calories burned for each activity based on the average weights and heights of the average male and female.

Find out how many more calories you can burn just by doing more of what you already do!

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Kayla M. Burson graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts cum laude in May of 2013. Her concentration was in English Literature, Psychology and Spanish. She is the Marketing Assistant for ISD, a scholarly book distribution company in Bristol, CT, but she isn't quite ready to put Uloop and college life behind her. She mostly writes about campus life and will pretend she is still a student as long as she can!

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