6 Ways to Burn Calories With Kitchen Items

6 Ways to Burn Calories with Kitchen Items
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Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. There’s no arguing that! But it can seem daunting: There are so many other things to do in a day and if you’re anything like me, you may not enjoy working out. (I used to hate it!) Don't worry. I’m Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien, and I’m here to tell you that it's possible to burn some extra calories without even leaving your home. Here are six ways to burn calories using everyday kitchen items.

Do Bicep Curls With Soup Cans

I always have cans of soup on hand. It’s a nutritious meal starter and is even great as a snack. What’s more, the cans double as your own personal hand weights! Soup is commonly available in 1- 2-pound cans, perfect for a light hand weight. Use them to do standard bicep curls and other hand-weight activities: tricep extensions, shoulder presses, weighted lunges, you name it. If you don’t have soup, any canned good will do. Try canned pumpkin or canned beans… see all of my pantry-must-haves on my Official 2016 Supermarket List!

Hold onto the Kitchen Counter for Calf Raises

Don't just stand around waiting while dinner is baking in the oven. (Or, let's be honest, defrosting in the microwave.) Let’s work those legs! Face the counter and hold on with both hands. Rise up on your tiptoes, lifting your heels off the floor. Slowly lower down, leaving heels hovering above the ground.

Repeat! I've been known to do this one while pumping gas and waiting in line at the supermarket as well. 

Grab a Melon and Do Front Raises

Work those shoulders and arms using a round or oval melon: watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, your pick! Stick with a medium-sized one, though; avoid anything jumbo.

After you've hoisted it up and down several times, slice it up and enjoy a delicious snack. Bonus: Watermelon happens to be great for weight loss!

Side Lunges With a Bag of Flour

Side lunges are the perfect lower body exercise. And by adding a bag of flour, you can get your arms involved too! Hold that bag with both hands at chest height (arms bent, elbows out), and as you do your lunges, keep that flour upright. Start with a half-full bag if a full one feels too heavy. Flour power!

Use a Dish Towel for Arm Strength

This exercise will tone your arms with the simplest of kitchen items! Grab a dish towel that's at least a foot long. Grasp the ends with each hand and hold it at shoulder height, in front of you, your arms straight out. Pull outward with both hands, feeling the resistance. Use a kitchen timer and see if you can stay in this position for at least 20 seconds. Next time, you can make it 30! Who knows, you may get so strong, you’ll be able to hold it for an entire minute and a half while this breakfast scramble is cooking in the microwave.

Push a Case of Water Bottles Down the Hallway

This is a great way to work your entire body and burn serious calories! If you don’t have water bottles, a full laundry basket also gets the job done. Bend forward, with arms on the case, knees off the ground, and start pushing down that hallway! When you're finished, guzzle some of that good-for-you H2O. By the way, if you find you have trouble drinking those suggested 8 cups a day, maybe this can be an easy way to increase your water intake.

HG FYI: I hope you love these fun calorie-burning ideas! However, keep in mind, I'm not a trainer or exercise expert. So trust your body and consider consulting a doctor or other exercise pro before beginning any exercise routine.

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