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8 Small Efforts with Major Calorie Burning Rewards

While a super sweaty hot yoga session or spin class can burn an impressive amount of calories—the truth is we don’t always have the energy to dedicate to an hour-long exercise class.

The good news is you don’t have to go to the gym or even dedicate a large chunk of time in order to burn a good amount of calories in a day. In fact, oftentimes it’s the small efforts that really add up at the end of the day. These eight simple efforts deliver major calorie-burning rewards…


1. Be a Miss Fidget

I know your mother told you, “Not to fidget,” but research from a Mayo Clinic study found that tapping your feet, twiddling your thumbs, pacing, and jiggling your legs repetitively can actually help burn hundreds of calories per day—making fidgety folks more fit!

The Mayo Clinic study, which was also published in the journal Science, monitored a group of 10 lean men and women and 10 slightly obese men and women with underwear outfitted with body movement sensors for a 10-day duration. The researchers determined that the fitter folks were in fact fidgeters (say that 10-times fast), and burned an additional 350-calories each day due to restless movements—such as walking around while on the phone and tapping their feet and fingers along to music.

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