There’s nothing like a mindless way of burning some calories right? Well what if I told you that Calorie’s can be burned while you do one of my favorite things….COOKING! According to CalorieLab.com being active in the kitchen can take you quite far. Apparently for every minute spent making your man or lady a meal you are burning 3 calories! “Twenty minutes of peeling, cutting, and mashing vegetables burns 54 calories. Thirty minutes of mixing and whisking (by hand) burns 81 calories. Forty minutes of chopping, dicing, and sautéing burns 103 calories. Fifty minutes of measuring ingredients, prepping, and mixing torches 119 calories.” And lets not have your favorite pandora station playing in the background, that’s at least another 100 calories ready to get burned! How about trying to take this cooking calorie burning session to the next level. Try any of these 4 in kitchen workouts to prepare yourself for this yummy meal you are about to intake.
Ever realize how much up and down movement you do in the kitchen. Loading the dishwasher, putting away groceries, looking for pots and pans. Why not try and make each movement into a squat. If it requires you to bend down squat down. Your legs and butt will thank you later.
2. Calf Raises
Whether you are whipping up those potatoes or mixing up that batter this is the perfect time to work those lower leg muscles. Try doing some calf raises. This can easily be done while you are standing over the counter cooking or cleaning.
I love a stand up push up, possibly because I absolutely suck at doing the real ones. The fun part is that you can actually get a lot accomplished with a modified stand up push up. It’s not AS effective, but enough of them will eventually deem the same results. While you are waiting for that pot of water to boil, or those rolls to brown, try using your counter to do a few push ups. Try lifting one leg or arm to elevate this exercise even more.
4. Fidget and Move
While you wait on pieces of your meal to complete move around. Consistent movement is guaranteed to result in more calories burned. You can even try to do some cardio like jumping jacks, leg lifts, and knee lifts.
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