5 Really Relaxing Ways to Burn Calories
Good news, y’all: There are ways to burn up to hundreds of extra calories a day without ever having to step foot inside a gym. In fact, some of these activities are so relaxing, they just might put you to sleep. (And in one case, it actually will.)
Take a Bath
Feeling stressed? Go ahead and draw yourself a nice, hot bath. A recent study conducted by Loughborough University in England showed that taking an hour-long bath in 104-degree water burned up to 130 calories. And sure, an extended soak might make your toes pruny, but that's a small price to pay for total relaxation and the calorie equivalent of a Frappuccino.
Walk the Dog
Sure, you have your regular ten-minute strolls around the block, but carve out a little extra time for yourself (and Fido) and your pants will start to fit better. By keeping pace with your four-legged friend (as he sniffs every last fire hydrant in your neighborhood), you can burn up to 225 calories an hour.
Get a Massage
File this under our favorite way to burn calories ever. Lying still on a massage table for an hour-long session can burn approximately 67 calories. While this isn’t enough to make you, say, drop a dress size, it sure beats hitting the treadmill.
Take a Nap
Here’s a quick biology lesson: Your body uses up stored energy (aka calories) to do everything. From breathing to digesting your lunch to sleeping, calories are burned every single minute of the day just so you can function. That said, even a quick hour of shut-eye can net you a 68-calorie burn (so imagine what a full night of sleep does for your waistline).
Laugh With Friends
We all know how easy it is to cancel plans with a friend after a long day at work, but aside from being an effective way to relieve stress, a study at Vanderbilt University found that by just yacking it up with pals for 10 to 15 minutes, you can burn up to 40 calories. Imagine the calorie burn you’d get during one of your four-hour marathon catch-ups.