Whether you’re trying to lose weight or improve your overall health, burning extra calories daily has wide-ranging benefits. It facilitates weight loss, burns fat and improves overall health. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, which means boosting calorie burn should be a priority for many. At Clear Gear, we’re focused on protecting customers’ health, which means sharing helpful information in addition to providing a powerful disinfectant spray for sports equipment that kills 99.9 percent of germs.
Below are some healthy ways to help boost your calorie burn every day.
Stand Your Ground
Standing burns significantly more calories than sitting. If possible, work at a standing desk or even at your kitchen counter. This is better for back health and can help you burn up to an additional 50 calories per hour! It also forces the muscles in your back, core and legs to work harder. If you just can’t make the switch, take short breaks every hour to stand up and take a short walk, even if it’s just around the room. When you’re on a call, stand up and pace back and forth for the duration.
Squeeze It In
Squeeze extra activity in wherever you can. Park at the farthest point of the parking lot. Walk to the restroom on the opposite end of the building. If you take public transportation, get off a stop early. Walk or bicycle to all of your local errands—it will save gas and burn extra calories. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re heading to a very high floor, walk up as many flights as you can handle and then take the elevator the rest of the way up.
Load Up on Lean Protein
Lean protein requires your body to work harder—and burn extra calories—to digest it than other food types like fats and carbs. This is part of what is known as the “thermic effect of food,” which makes up a part of your daily calorie expenditure. Lean protein also helps build lean muscle mass, which in turn, burns more calories and fat daily.
Uplevel Your Cardio
Increase the intensity and duration of your workouts to boost your calorie burn, elevate your resting metabolic rate and extend the length of the afterburn. Take brisk walks, build circuit training into your regimen and strive to do more reps and minutes every day. Even if you just add one more minute each time your workout, the compound effect will yield results.
Incorporate Strength Training
As we age, our metabolism slows. Strength and resistance training are two of the best ways to build lean muscle mass and increase calorie burn, even beyond the actual workout. Muscle mass continues to burn more calories than body fat, even when you’re at rest. If you work out at a gym or fitness studio, use Clear Gear disinfectant spray for sports equipment to protect yourself from the germs that cause nasty infections like staph/MRSA, COVID-19, athlete’s foot, and more.
Do Short Bursts of Activity
Another way to burn extra calories is to do short bursts of exercise or activity throughout the day. Set an alarm and stand up every hour to do 15 squats, play with your pets or walk around the block. You can even simply alternate standing on one foot to burn a few calories while working your leg and core muscles and improving your balance.
Try one or all these tips to help make 2023 your healthiest year ever! Be sure to always protect yourself with Clear Gear non-bleach athletic disinfectant to ward off germs when you’re exercising and hitting the gym.