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  • Writer's pictureEmmanuel Ofori

Unconventional Ways to Burn Calories

Updated: 22 hours ago

Recently, I took a glimpse at what 200 food calories represent. This led me to ponder: what does it take to burn off these calories? While the average person can burn roughly 200 calories by running for about 20 minutes, are there more enjoyable alternatives?

For instance, imagine chewing gum for 18 hours to burn off those 200 calories. Given that each piece of gum contains around 10 calories, replace it every hour, you’d essentially break even.

Lips feeling chapped?! Consider applying it 1500 times to burn 200 calories. Or, engage those glossy lips in 2 hours of kissing your significant other. For a more intense activity, an hour of vigorous physical intimacy can also do the trick. Before diving into these activities, spending 45 sessions brushing your teeth might also help.

Prefer a less active approach? Watching TV for 2.5 hours can burn 200 calories. Opt for something humorous, and binge watch 4 commercial-free sitcoms with continuous laughter. Midday slump has you craving a nap- it'll take over 3 hours of sleep to burn the same amount of calories. 

Rather than flipping channels, why not hit the waves for an hour? Surfing not only burns calories but also gives you that coveted sun-kissed glow. Alternatively, drinking 8 glasses of water daily can burn an extra 70 calories a day. However, it's crucial not to consume excessive amounts of water in a day as it can pose risks.

Want quicker ways to burn 200 calories? Try intense skipping for 15 minutes. Feeling cheerful? Belt out your favorite pop song 23 times. If your shower-head is your sole audience, how about playing 'Chopsticks' on the piano for 1.5 hours? Or, channel your creativity by typing a 4,800-word short story.

While 200 calories is a chosen benchmark for this midday pondering moment, to support you weight loss goals- important information to note is a pound of fat equals approximately 3,500 calories. So, keep burning to reach your goals! And Remember, the calories burned during these activities depend on factors like your size, gender, and overall body composition. If you don’t know where to start or need some structure to your current routine, be sure to contact your local fitness professional.


Emmanuel Ofori - eMotivates 

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Fitness Professional

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