Weird Ways to Burn Off 200 Calories [VIDEO]
These days, while we linger away at our desks for work and endless internet browsing, it’s a lot easier to take in 200 calories than it is to burn them off. Sure, we can always try to burn calories by exercising, but it takes the average person 20 minutes of hardcore running to shed 200 calories. And who really likes to run, anyway? There must be some other more relaxed, entertaining, or even strange ways to burn 200 calories. Right?
It turns out there are, indeed, a few interesting ways to burn 200 calories. For example, if you chew on the same piece of gum for about 18 hours, according to AsapScience, you’ll burn those calories right off. Or, you lip balm fans could apply the shiny goop to your lips 1,500 times a day. Hey, I think I know a few chaps who have been subconsciously working out like that for years!
But perhaps you’re looking for something a little more passive? How about watching TV? Put yourself to work clicking through your channels for two and a half hours. This is what I seem to do every time I watch television, anyway, so this is encouraging. And if you watch something funny, you’ll lose calories even quicker by laughing!
Besides surfing through TV channels, what about real surfing? You can cut your workout time to one hour by hitting some waves (and come out with a little tan in the process). And if you take in a mouthful of water too, don’t sweat it. You should drink eight glasses of water a day, anyway (fresh water, that is), which actually burns 70 calories itself. Do that for three days straight and you’ll burn over 200 calories! But please, don’t overdo it: drinking excessive amounts of water can be dangerous.
And what if you’re having a really good day? Try letting the world know by singing your favorite tune 23 times in a row. Or if you are more of the quiet type, you could type a short, 4,800-word story about burning 200 calories 🙂
Or get some sleep. That’s right, you burn about 200 calories just from sleeping three hours, while giving the body much needed reset.
But please, take this advice with a grain of salt. The number of calories you burn doing these “exercises” depends on your size, gender, and general body composition; these numbers serve as a general guideline. Besides, 200 calories is just an arbitrary number to use up: as the rule goes, one pound of fat is equivalent to about 3,500 calories. So if you’re looking to use up enough calories to shed a pound off your body weight over the course of a week, you’ll need to burn about 3,500 more calories than you take in that week. When it comes to real weight loss, your goals can be achieved by eating healthy and getting good exercise, not so much through cheap parlor tricks or other lose-weight-fast pipe dreams.