Fitting in more exercise, even in small bouts, can help your heart stay healthy and encourage weight loss over time. Fight those sedentary days and find ways to sneak in some of these simple ways to burn 200 calories in no time!

  1. Does your living room need a spruce up? Give it a fresh coat of paint and burn 200 calories from an hour of rolling paint on the walls.
  2. Scientists at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, found that two and a half minutes of intense exercise (sprint interval training) performed in 30-second intervals can burn an extra 200 calories by the end of the day.
  3. Grab a group and have a friendly competition with some friends or family and play 40 minutes of badminton while burning 200 calories.
  4. Has your car been desperate for a wash? Save the money from taking it in, and grab a hose and bucket to wash it yourself! 40 minutes of scrubbing burns 200 calories. You save money and burn off some extra calories.
  5. Do you spend a lot of time blowdrying your hair? Or maybe you go from brushing your teeth, to making coffee, to waiting for your microwave oatmeal. Substitute all of that time standing around and use it to do simple squats! 15 minutes of squatting will burn an extra 200 calories.
  6. Roll out that yoga mat and burn 200 calories from 25 minutes of Vinyasa yoga, taking the time and focus to move from one pose to the next.
  7. Instead of having another coffee date with a friend to catch up, switch it up and go on a walk outside! Walking and talking will burn 200 calories in just one hour, and that time will fly by!
  8. Have a stationary bike in your home? Or maybe you prefer to roll down the street getting some fresh air. Biking will burn 200 calories in just 25 minutes at a moderate speed.
  9. Belong to a gym? Use that membership and do 26 minutes on an elliptical at a moderate pace or walk on a treadmill at three miles per hour for 56 minutes and burn 200 calories while doing so.
  10. Tired of your stiff office chair? Use an exercise ball and practice that good posture and balance for 1 hour and 50 minutes to burn 200 calories. It may take a little more concentration to focus on your work, but it is worth a try!

Written by Amy Fenzel. Who is Amy? Read below. And if you have a question, feel free to email her.

Hey there! My name is Amy Fenzel and I am married to my husband John and we have lived in Nashville, TN for the past year and a half. I am currently doing my Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University, and am a soon to be Registered Dietitian. My husband is a mechanical engineer and both of us graduated from the wonderful Virginia Tech! Some things I really love in life: Jesus, chai tea, warm weather, and sweet potatoes.

I have a huge passion for nutrition and health. I love how food is our medicine and how the foods we put in to our bodies makes a huge impact on how we feel and function every day. My goal is to work in the area of health promotion and disease prevention in a community or business setting. Cooking and baking are two of my favorite things, although I am not the best recipe follower- I hope to share some healthy recipes with you all and inspire healthy eating!