News flash: Workouts don’t have to feel like, well, work! In
fact, during some of my most favorite
calorie-burning moments, I’m not thinking about burning calories at all.
I’m chatting with my training partner and we get so lost in conversation, I
don’t even feel the miles click by. I’m just moving and enjoying myself
outdoors on a beautiful day with a friend! If you’re looking for seriously fun
new ways to get slim and sculpted, try slipping some of these playful
calorie burners into your day. You won’t even notice the pounds melting
off—until they’re missing in the mirror, of course.
Book a spontaneous getaway at LastMinute.com. (You may even
be able to get 70 percent off.) You’ll burn 200 calories before you even arrive
by taking four minutes to carry your suitcases to the car and then to the
baggage drop (hauling a 25-pound load burns 4.8 calories a minute), then
reading your SELF on the plane for three hours—sitting simmers a little more
than 1 calorie a minute. Bon voyage!
up your pooch for a 2-mile walk (40 minutes) to burn about 140 calories.
Then give him a 10-minute bath (38 calories), preferably outside, and yourself
a 15-minute bubble bath (24 calories), preferably inside. You’ll be one
Take the late-night
For the next 10 weeknights, climb into bed with your honey
and tune in to a late-night talk show. Whenever there’s a commercial break, start
kissing and don’t stop until your favorite gap-toothed, big-chinned or
deadpan-delivery host returns. You’ll lock lips for about 18 minutes a
night—the total commercial time per hour, according to TNS Media, a media
analysis company. Smooching burns 1.1 calories a minute, so you’ll kiss off 200
calories in 10 nights.
Master the “Single
Ladies” dance (finally!)
No doubt, this song will be played at every bar, club,
wedding and bar mitzvah you attend for the rest of your life. Learn the moves!
Warm up like Beyoncé with pliés: Stand with heels together,
toes out. Keeping your back straight, lower into a squat for eight counts. View
the video on YouTube and practice for 29 minutes, or about nine times through
the 3:13 song—you’ll know the steps, the lyrics and how it feels to be
Wrap up in a Snuggie
On a rainy Sunday, it’s the best way to hibernate: Cozy into
your couch for 3 hours and 14 minutes of your favorite DVD. Did you know that Titanic, by now a classic, is exactly that long? Sigh.
Meet in a dark alley
Round up your pals and head to the bowl-o-rama. Even if you
have a light beer, you’ll still strike 200 calories in 90 minutes. (Skip the
beer, and you can do it in about an hour.)
Start kidding around
Log on to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America website
(BBBS.org) and volunteer to be a buddy to a young girl in need. Take your new
pal to the local park for some old-fashioned frolicking in the grass: Turn
cartwheels and somersaults for 10 minutes (43 calories), swing side by side on
the swing set for 21 minutes (113 calories), and finish with a five-minute game
of tag (44 calories). Giggling burns calories, too!