With Holiday parties, shopping and baking, it can be hard to find time to get to the gym this time of year. So, now is the time to learn how to increase your caloric burn without working out.
When it comes to losing or maintaining your weight, every single calorie counts. Here are some easy ways to give your metabolism a little boost. First, start fidgeting.
"And it’s simple things, like twirling your hair or tapping your fingers on your desk," says personal trainer, Angie Gallagher.
Studies show fidgeting burns up to 350-calories extra calories per day. Even if you don't typically fidget, Gallagher says it's easy to start.
“Turn on some music that makes you want to tap your feet or just standing up and moving around a little bit. Those all count.”
Angie also suggests turning your thermostat down to 60-degrees.
“Which is kind of chilly for some of us, but it makes your body burn more heat, which burns more calories.”
If you find some time to workout, opt for high intensity interval training early in the morning.
“High intensity interval training actually revs up the metabolism. You're burning calories longer through the day.”
Keep lifting weights too. The more muscle you build, the better, because muscle burns more calories than fat.
Finally, eat more protein and drink green tea.
“There’s a chemical in the green tea and it boosts the metabolism," says Gallagher.
And this time of year, we can all use a boost.