Calories! How much do you know about calories? 

How often do you check the number of calories you consume?

Like the adage “Health is wealth” says, being healthy, free of physical and mental ailments, is indeed wealth. 

Yes, we need money, but what good is so much money when health is compromised?

Calories are the amount of energy released when the body breaks down (digests and absorbs) food. The more calories a food contains, the more energy it provides. When you consume more calories than you need, your body stores the excess calories as fat. One step toward achieving a healthy lifestyle is to consume calorie-containing foods in moderation, as excessive consumption can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

How do we create a balance?

When we come across a post about burning calories, we think of going to the gym, lifting weights, running on a treadmill, and pulling cables. These activities are excellent ways to burn calories, but there are others. So, if you don’t like going to the gym, you should read on.

Here are some ways to get rid of extra calories and stay in shape:

  • Walk more often

One of the most effective ways to burn calories is to engage in aerobic exercises, such as walking. Walking also strengthens the heart and muscles that support the joints. The next time you think of driving or boarding a vehicle to a nearby supermarket or friend’s house, consider taking a stroll. If you have a desk job, get up and move for at least 10 minutes every hour. You can walk to the restroom, head to the water cooler, or run errands.

  • Dance 

Ever wondered why dancers look so fit and agile? Dancing is one of the best ways to burn calories, so you should set aside some time each weekday or weekend to do it. It is a general body workout that promotes fitness. So, when you hear or play that jam you love, wear your dancing shoes, and you’ll be saying goodbye to over 150 calories in an hour.

  • Hello stairs, Goodbye elevators!

Stairs may seem stressful and exhausting, but they are an excellent way to build leg muscles and burn calories. Make it a weekly goal to take the stairs at least three times, as 15 minutes of stair-climbing can burn up to 140 calories.

  • Yoga 

In addition to promoting good health and providing stress relief, yoga aids in calorie burning, primarily through stretching. Sign up for a yoga session today and shed up to a hundred calories in just thirty minutes. 

  • Running

Except you work on Saturdays, you should take out time to go for a run in the morning. Running helps to burn calories, improve flexibility, and enhance brain and heart functions. The faster you run, the more calories you’ll burn per minute.

The number of calories you burn depends on several factors, including duration, intensity, weight, and height. Generally, the more you weigh, the more calories you will burn during physical activity. 

Remember, good health is a priority. Stick to a healthy diet and engage in physical activities as much as possible.