10 Ways to Burn More Calories Just By Sitting
Who needs the gym when you can do these sneaky moves and lose weight with almost no effort?
Abs: Lean slightly back in your chair and lift your feet off the floor with straight legs at a 45 degree angle, then bend your knees toward your chest and shoot them back out to the starting position; do this for 3 sets and 20 reps, to burn up to 75 calories, says Kristin McGee, a celebrity fitness trainer. Another idea is to fully exhale, then squeeze in the stomach as much as possible, and hold the position for 5 to 8 seconds to feel your ab muscles "glued" to the spine; two sets of 8 reps will burn up to 100 calories, says Amir Pozderac, founder of Executive Fitness Consulting. Beyond the burn, a strong core also supports posture, promotes better breathing, and makes you look leaner.
Legs: For inner thighs, squeeze a mini exercise ball for 10 seconds in 3 sets of 20 reps, three to five times a week, to burn up to 75 calories a day, says McGee. For quads, Linda Cheek, MD, a Virginia physician, suggests "marching in place," in a seated position, by raising and lowering each bent leg. Work 5 minutes on each leg, and you'll burn 35 calories for 10 minutes total.
Rear: Sammie Kennedy, certified personal trainer and creator of the DVD "Booty Camp Fitness Ultimate Home Edition 2," suggests holding glutes tight for 5 seconds, then releasing, for 10 reps; do one set per office hour, to burn up to 35 calories. Squeezing glutes on alternating sides -- left for five seconds, right for five, for 10 to 20 reps each, will create circulation on your backside, too. Strong glutes do more than make you look good: studies often find a correlation between weak glutes and bulging or herniated disks.
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