10 Ways to Burn 200 Calories in Less Than an Hour

10 ways to burn 200 cals

It may not be surprising that the number one New Years resolution is to lose weight and get into shape. What is shocking is that by the now most people have already given up on this resolution! Weight loss does not have to be stressful, especially if you doing activities you like to do. I am excited to share celebrity personal trainer, Joey Thurman’s ideas to help encourages those who have made this resolution to stick with their journey and find activities that are fun.

Here are Joey’s 10 activities that will torch 200 calories in less than an hour:

1. Biking– Jump on your bike and take a ride around the neighborhood! “This is a great activity for everyone! Biking for 30 minutes at 10-12 mph will burn 210 calories! Great activity for when you want to bring the family along for the workout.”

2. Jump Rope– Feel like a kid again and jump rope!- “Jumping rope is a great way to get your heart pumping and great work out if you don’t have a lot of time. You can burn those 200 calories in just 10-15 minutes.”

3. Climbing stairs– Climb your way to killer legs! “Climbing stairs doesn’t have to be done at the gym. You can do this activity at home, at the gym or at a park. Climbing stairs for 30 minutes will burn 200 calories.”

4. Dancing– Just Dance! “For those who love to dance around their room while no one is watching…keep it up! Dancing for 40 minutes will burn 216 calories.”

 5. Bowling- Make your workout a perfect game- “When coming up with date night ideas don’t forget about bowling! Hitting the lanes for an hour will burn 200 calories.”

6. Basketball- For love of the game- “Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Gather your friends, (or look for a pickup game,) and hit the court. While you only have to play for 20 minutes to burn 200 calories, I am sure you will play much longer!”

7. Jogging-Lace up your shoes and take a quick 25 minute jog. “If you are a morning person, jogging for 25 minutes in the AM is a great way to start your day! If you like to hit the snooze button, running after your day is a fantastic way to release your office tension.  Best part, a 25 minute jog will have you burning 218 calories.”

8. Swimming – Take a Dive- “Taking a swim is a favorite for many and a great low impact activity. Taking a 30 minute swim can burn 215 calories.”

 9. Tennis– Game, set, match! “You don’t need to have skills like a Williams sister or Andy Roddick to see results from this game.  Hitting the courts for 25 minutes will burn 218 calories.”

10.  Basic training– Are you army strong? – “If you are looking for a killer workout, try a basic training workout. A 30 minute workout of pushups, sit-ups and timed sprints running will burn 200 calories.”

Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, and nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. He has appeared on CBS, FOX, ABC, and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer and published author. For more information, please visit www.thelifestylerenovation.com and follow Joey on Instagram and Twitter at @JoeyThurmanFit.


Boxing Workout DVD Giveaway: Friday Fitness

Christmas is behind us, and New Year’s is heading our way. I have already been making a few New Year’s resolutions of my own. I am excited to share a super fun GIVEAWAY today, just in time for New Years and upcoming resolutions Power Boxing Workout DVD (which just released this month). This workout features four high-intensity workouts combining strength and toning exercises. Marlen Esparza is the first female Olympic medalist in boxing and a breakout star from the 2012 Olympics and reigning seven-time USA Boxing National Champion. Whether you are a boxing fan or a newcomer, Marlen’s new workouts will help you gain strength, agility, cardio fitness and mental toughness—not to mention a fit, lean and strong physique.

Enter for a chance to win by leaving a comment what you’re fitness New Year’s Resolution is. For more chances to win, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, January 6th at 8 A.M. Good Luck! :)

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10 Easy New Year’s Resolutions

Did you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, how is that going? I have a list of 10 New Year’s Resolutions you can actually stick to.  If you have any other ideas, leave a comment below sending me more ideas! Have a super rest of your week and weekend!

1.    Unplug: Unwind by spending less time on your phone and computer, especially when you’re trying to relax, on vacation or in a social environment. You’ll have more social time, be more relaxed and more productive!

2.    Read more, browse less: Reading is a great source of relaxation and can help you sleep better at night. Pick a time each night to turn off the computer, iPad and smart phone and relax with a good book.

3.    Eat at home more often: Eating at home will help save you money and can help lead to healthier diet. Restaurants offer larger portions than most of us need and typically cook with more oil, fat and salt than you would at home.

4.    Plan meals: Try to plan meals and snacks ahead of time. If you stock your home or office with healthy foods and snacks, you will eat healthier and spend less money!

5.    Take the stairs: Most people join a new gym in January, but by March they stop going! If getting to the gym is difficult, remember to move more throughout the day. Take the stairs, ride your bike or walk wherever and whenever you can!

6.    Be more organized and focused: Write everything down. Keep one notebook with all your daily to-do’s and check them off as you go. This way, your lists are all in one place.

7.    Restock your pantry: If you’re goal is to lose weight, start small! Once a week, replace one junk food favorite with a healthier option. For example, eat an orange instead of a candy bar to satisfy your sweet tooth. Continue substituting healthy options until you eliminate all of the junk food in your diet!

8.    Step out of your comfort zone: Try something new! Mix up your workout schedule, try a new hobby or make that change you’ve been contemplating. Switching up your routine will give you confidence, mental stimulation and even help you meet new friends.

9.    Carve out “Me Time”: Schedule your workouts, a long lunch or a mid-day walk. Penciling in half an hour to an hour of “me time” on your calendar every day is a great stress reliever and important for your body. Start taking care of yourself, even if it’s 10 minutes of quiet meditation. It will be worth it!

10.    Be specific: Think about what resolutions you want to achieve this New Year. Once you have a few in mind, write them down and think through what steps you need to take to achieve them. If you take these measures and have the will, you will be very successful!

New Year’s Thoughts

I know I am like many of you who can’t believe the year has gone by so fast. It has been a good one for me with the release of my first international cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches”, awesome speaking engagements, great trips (including my first trip to Italy) and so much more. The past few months have been rough for me with the decline of both of my parents’ health. Going through this has put a lot of things in perspective for me, and so I thought I would take time to make a list of a few of my goals for next year. Feel free to comment and tell me yours…

1. Spend more time with my family.

2. Spend more quality time with my family

3. Work smarter, not harder

4. Tackle a new fitness challenge, maybe a half marathon, maybe something new and different.

5. Travel more, but only when it’s truly worth it.

6. Continue to do more yoga

7. Drink more green tea

8. Sleep and relax more

9. Start making green smoothies

10. Spend more time with friends

11. Listen better

12. Stay organized

13. Laugh more

14. Live and be in the moment