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8 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Burn More Calories

When it comes to losing or maintaining weight... small changes = big differences.

Getting more active and burning more calories means you can have the odd chocolate bar or glass of wine without scuppering your efforts on the scales.

There are some really simple ways to burn more calories just by making some very minor changes to everyday activities - we think you'll be surprised at how easy they are to fit in!

Walk more

Make a determined effort to walk throughout the day. Get off the bus or train a stop or two before your destination and walk the rest of the way; park your car in the furthest space in the car park; walk up and down stairs (no lifts); walk the children to school; walk to the local corner shop for your newspaper or milk, etc.

15 min moderate walking will burn 52 extra kcal*

Learn to love housework

Turn those tiresome chores into healthy positive ones! Turn on the music and really get going with cleaning the windows, hoovering, dusting or mopping and burn off those calories.

15 min hoovering / dusting will burn 38 extra kcal*

Get out into the garden

Mowing the lawn, weeding and digging all count!

30 min weeding will burn 104 extra kcal*

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Clean your car

Time you ran your car through the wash? Why not wash it by hand? It's cheaper, better for the environment and a great form of exercise. Put your back into it and you'll get a better result!

30 min moderate car washing will burn 86 extra kcal*

Play actively (with the kids or some friends)

How about heading for the park for some football, rounders or frisbee throwing ... or dusting off the bike for a leisurely ride?

30 min recreational cycling will burn 90 extra kcal*

Make exercise part of your daily routine

At any age, increasing your daily activity, even by a small amount, can make a difference, and once it’s a habit, you’ll not even notice that you’re doing it.

Try a little strength training

Adding to the muscle your body has helps you to burn more calories by just being, every minute of every day! Your body will burn 50 extra calories a day for every lb of muscle you gain.

Try a new sport

Dip into our try a sport section for more information on a variety of exercise - walking, cycling, swimming, skipping, yoga ... and more.

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