Here are some simple hacks to increase your daily energy expenditure
With most of the UK forced to stay indoors due to the pandemic, it’s probably fair to say that, as a nation, our levels of exercise activity have dropped significantly. We’ve become accustomed to being more sedentary and spend a lot more time on the sofa, over-snacking and generally moving around a lot less.
Although the restrictions aren’t set to let up anytime soon, January is the perfect time to get back into a healthy and regular routine when it comes to exercise, but you don’t have to spend hours slogging away at home workouts to see a benefit.
There is a simpler way to increase your energy expenditure, and you'll be pleased to know that most of these will already be part of your daily routine. So if you want to know how you can increase your daily energy expenditure without thinking, read on.
Undertaking just 1 hour of light cleaning can burn up to 170 calories, and jobs that require a little more elbow grease, such as scrubbing, can burn up to 190 calories per hour. Hoovering the stairs and behind the curtains, vigorous polishing and sweeping up in the garden can all count towards breaking a sweat and burning those calories, so it might be a good incentive to clean up more often!
Walking the dog
Something I’m sure a lot of us do on a daily basis, walking the dog is great exercise not only for you but your canine pal too. Just 60mins of exercise a day is all that’s needed to keep our bodies in great working order, and walking is a simple way of hitting your target.
You should aim for around 10,000 steps a day, and if walking briskly, you can burn between 400 to 500 calories a day, which can lead to a 1 pound weight loss each week.
Now more than ever it’s important that we keep our spirits up during what seems a never ending lockdown, and the best way to do that is doing things you actually enjoy to release those endorphins! Having a little dance in your kitchen or living room for an hour can help to burn up to 400 calories, not to mention boost your mood. So stick your favourite song on Spotify, turn up the volume and get on those dancing shoes!
Make small changes
Making small changes in your everyday routine can also make a difference when it comes to increasing your energy expenditure and burning calories without really noticing. Taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator can really add up, and can also help you reach your daily step count target.
Getting off public transport a few stops earlier and parking further away from the shop entrance may not seem like a lot, but over time can help to burn extra calories and will help you to get into a more healthy habit of going the extra mile, quite literally!