15 Wacky Ways You Can Burn Extra Calories—No Gym Time Required!

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Burning calories is not usually our main motivation for kissing someone, but it's good to know that locking lips has benefits we don't expect. Kissing can burn two to six calories a minute. Do it for an hour and you can burn up to 60 extra calories. Muah! Don't miss these other benefits of kissing.

Send snail mail


Hitting the send button in our email inbox doesn't do much for our metabolism, but sending mail the old school way can give us a boost in the health department. Writing a handwritten note, licking a stamp, traveling to the post office, and standing while waiting in line are all these little movements that can add up in the long run. Studies say handwriting will make you smarter. Your kids too.

Chew gum

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You can burn up to 11 calories per hour while chewing (sugarless) gum. The act of chewing also helps prevent unnecessary snacking, so that's a bonus. Find out more reasons chewing gum is good for you.

Sing in the shower


It's widely known that singing is good for the spirit and soul. It releases endorphins and lowers cortisol, which can help lower stress. Singing also engages the breath—and the abs, which is perhaps why it's known to torch 136 calories an hour. Check out activities that burn 200 calories.

Eat celery

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It's long been said that celery is so low in calories that the energy expended to eat and digest it is more than the celery itself. While "negative calorie" foods are mostly wishful thinking, the thermic effect of food (the number of calories your body burns by the act of eating) is real. To break it down, if you're eating a six calorie medium-sized celery stalk, your body will burn one calorie digesting that stalk.

Instagram your food

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Simply using the app alone won't burn calories (we wish!), but studies show that visually documenting your meals can help reduce intake overall. Foodies, rejoice! It's like a food journal but through pictures. This is one way to be mindful about what you eat thus lowering your chances of overindulging. Here's how nutritionists lose 5 pounds.



Fidgeting can burn 350 more calories than merely sitting down. Switch positions in your seat, tap your foot, and move around as much as possible. It might be slightly annoying to the people around you, but fidgeting is one everyday tactic we can use to keep our metabolic rate up. Here are 12 ways to jumpstart your metabolism.

Drink a cold glass of water


Drinking water is all around great for our health. Cold water gives us a metabolic boost since our body temperature has to adjust to heat the liquid in our system. Drinking cold water throughout the day can lead to losing an extra 70 calories. Plus, keeping yourself hydrated will help your body function better and give you stamina for serious calorie-busting workouts. Check out the other amazing health and beauty uses of cold water.

Spice up your food

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There's an incentive beyond taste to order Thai or add cayenne pepper to your next chicken dinner. Researchers at Purdue University found that people who added half a teaspoon of hot spice to their soup ate 60 fewer calories than people who ate soup without the extra kick. Skinny people are known to eat cayenne pepper, whether or not they're aware of the metabolism boost.



We don't generally associate gardening with getting fit but maybe we should. Gardening has the potential to burn up to 250 calories per hour. Sounds like it's time to get to work tending to those veggies and flowers. Here are 6 household chores that burn major calories.

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