Editors handpick every product that we feature. We may earn commission from the links on this page.

25 Ways to Burn 100 Calories Just Like That

You don't have to schlep to the gym to boost your health, or give your metabolism a kick. Instead, incorporate these easy, fun strategies into your day.
Marko Metzinger/Studio D
You don't have to schlep to the gym to boost your health, or give your metabolism a kick. Instead, incorporate these easy, fun strategies into your day. Via Redbook
Marko Metzinger/Studio D
1 of 25
Pop gum in your mouth

Even if you've told your kids to stop chomping on their gum, you'd be smart to keep chewing the stuff. Besides freshening breath, and sending a signal to yourself that you're finished eating, gum-chewing has a 150-pound woman blowing off 11 calories every 12 minutes.

Christina Reichl Photography/Getty
2 of 25
Fix up your car

You could pay for a pricey mechanic, or you could take 30 minutes to open up your hood, and see for yourself why your sedan is making that weird chugging noise. A 150-pound woman who gets down and dirty for half an hour burns 102 calories, and saves a pretty penny.

Tracy Fowler/iStock
3 of 25
Go biking

The sun's out, and spring's finally here with summer not far behind. Next weekend, go for family bike-ride around the neighborhood. Even pedaling at a moderate pace for a mere 15 minutes will help a 150-pound woman leave 102 calories in the wind.

Image Source/Wonwoo
4 of 25
Take a pre-breakfast walk

Once you rise, shine, and chug your morning coffee, head out for a walk around the neighborhood. "You're going to boost your metabolism, and start burning calories left over from the day before," says Bob Harper, author of Jumpstart to Skinny. A 20-minute, moderately paced walk can easily torch 100 calories.

Nullplus/Getty
5 of 25
Hit the billiards

You could see another movie on date night, but why not try something a little more active? Head to your local bar and challenge your husband to a game of pool. A 150-pound woman will shoot off 99 calories in 35 minutes — enough to earn you another drink.

Rafael Elias/Getty
6 of 25
Take the stairs

In the same time you waste waiting for the elevator to come, you could be improving your physique. Climbing stairs burns seven-to-10 calories per minute, and climbing down burns about one-third of that, says Keri Glassman, author of The New You and Improved You Diet.

Kevin Russ/Getty
7 of 25
Visit the bowling alley

Today's bowling leagues bear little resemblance to the ones to which your dad disappeared when you were a kid. These now-retro date spots are the perfect place to indulge your competitive streak — and to toss 102 calories into the gutter in a half-hour.

Erik Isakson/Getty
8 of 25
Take out a canoe

The best way to up your swimsuit confidence may just be melting away fat while you wear it. Instead of lazing by the shore, paddle off in a canoe for an arm-toning workout. Even when done at moderate intensity, it burns 102 calories every 30-minutes for a 150-pound woman. Round two later, my friend?

Alija/Getty
9 of 25
Laugh out loud

Whether it be a girls night, watching the ridiculous new imitation your kid picked up, or a Modern Family marathon, giggling is good for your mind and body. According to a study conducted at Vanderbilt University, the average adult burns 1.3 calories per minute from chuckling.

Ippei Naoi/Getty
10 of 25
Go fish

And we're not talking about the card game. For a whole different kind of weekend afternoon, stand by the riverbank and spend 25 minutes with your pole in the water. A 150-pound woman will burn 99 calories in that time — and perhaps come home with a tasty dinner.

Stuart Tyson/Studio D
11 of 25
Buy an activity monitor

Whether you choose a Fitbit or a Nike+ FuelBand, having some gauge of how much you're moving throughout the day will encourage you to go for a much-needed walk after a day of mostly sitting. "Even as a fitness professional, it's good for me to have that on to show me I need to get up and out," says Drop Two Sizes author Rachel Cosgrove.

Antenna/Getty
12 of 25
Play a game of Frisbee

Sitting on the beach reading your magazine is just dandy, but once your eyes get tired, suggest your family give up their various digging, sleeping, and wave-splashing for a game of Frisbee. Chasing and tossing the disk around with send 102 calories flying away in 30 minutes.

Chris Price/Getty
13 of 25
Spruce up your garden

Add your beautiful grounds to another reason you're an amazing hostess. All that weeding, planting, and crawling around will help a 150-pound woman shed 113 calories in 25 minutes, helping you shrink while your garden grows.

Stigur Karlsson/Getty
14 of 25
Meditate

A calorie-busting move that doesn't actually involve moving at all? Sign us up! A short meditation, even if it's an just an eight-count breath in and out, helps reduce stress, and lowers cortisol. "When you decrease stress, your hormones are in a better place to burn calories," says Glassman.

Lane Oatey/Blue Jean
15 of 25
Jump rope

All those childhood games of double dutch never felt like exercise, but little you was getting a serious cardio workout. Jumping rope for as little as 10 minutes helps a 150-pound woman shed 113 calories. Belting out your favorite rhymes is optional.

M Sweet/Getty
16 of 25
Go snorkeling

Are those pretty fishies you see? Dive in for a swim with them, and you'll be so taken aback by the sights that you won't notice that 20 minutes of paddling around has melted off 113 calories.

Dorling Kindersley/Getty
17 of 25
Head to the basement for some ping pong

Who needs the gym when you can work out in your basement — no elliptical session required. Instead, spend a rainy afternoon with the kids playing table tennis, knowing you'll kill 113 calories in 25 minutes — even if you let them win.

Andreas Kuehn/Getty
Andreas Kuehn/Getty
18 of 25
Chew your food

A medium-size apple is 60 calories, and you're better off chomping on it than you are drinking 60 calories worth of apple juice. "Foods in a whole state require the body to burn a little hotter, thanks to chewing and digestion," says Becky Hand, author of The Spark Solution. This process, called thermogenesis, also kicks in when you eat high-protein fare like meat, dairy, and legumes.

JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty
19 of 25
Whip up a delicious meal

Putting food on the table can feel like yet another job, but at least it’s one that's beneficial to your health. Chopping, sautéing, and assembling for 45 minutes burns 102 calories. Bonus points if you walk to the local farmer's market to pick up the ingredients, and cook a hearty, fresh meal.

Andersen Ross/Getty
20 of 25
Sleep through the night

Add this to the list of reasons to hit the sack. When you get adequate rest, your levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, go down, meaning you'll eat less without trying. Experts estimate that compared to getting seven-to-eight hours of sleep per night, the risk of developing obesity rises 23 percent with just six hours of sleep, 50 percent with only five hours, and 7 percent with just four hours of Zs each night.

Paul Bradbury/Getty
21 of 25
Stand up while you wait

It may be unrealistic to install a standing desk at your workstation, but staying upright is a must in our largely sedentary daily lives. Standing burns 33 percent more calories than sitting, says Glassman, so skip collapsing onto the folding chairs while waiting for your doctor, or lounging on the bleachers during your son's soccer game.

Ryan McVay/Getty
22 of 25
Spice things up

When you bite into a really hot pepper, you may notice sweat building on your nose, and feel as if your body is heating up. It is. "Those are all little signals that something is going on internally to speed up calorie burning," says Hand. Studies have found that using a half-teaspoon of cayenne pepper naturally raises your metabolism, so for dinner tonight, consider southwestern chicken.

Michele Princigalli/iStock
23 of 25
Be a fidgeter

Good news for those who just can't seem to sit still. Channeling nervous energy into leg shaking, arm tapping, and other light movements almost doubles the amount of calories expended. A 150-pound woman burns 34 calories quietly watching TV for 30 minutes as compared to 60 calories when lightly fidgeting.

A. Chederros/Getty
24 of 25
Turn up the music

Vacuuming up dog hair for the umpteenth time this week isn't exactly enjoyable, but you might as well make count. Blast your favorite upbeat tunes next time you do household chores, and you may just break a sweat. "If the movement is twisting-oriented, you more than likely will move your body faster while doing the unpleasant activity," says Hand.

Robert Daly/Getty
25 of 25
Pace while you talk

Whether you're arranging playdates, paying bills, or in the office, take calls on a mobile or cordless phone, and use talk-time as an opportunity to pace around. "Before you've gone to the gym or done any kind of real workout, you'll easily hit that 100-calorie mark," says Harper.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
More From Health & Fitness