5 Ways To Burn More Calories While Having a BLAST!

Burn More Calories While Having a BLASTYou know why most of us hate working out? It’s because of the root word…WORK! Most of us despise being told what to do and HAVING to do it. We spend all day at our jobs, being told what to do, and oftentimes a good bit of our free time being told what to do by our significant others. (Keep that one quiet, will ya?)

So, when it comes to working out, burning calories, and losing a little weight, well…many people just don’t do it! We love that feeling of freedom, that feeling of not having anything to do and this leads many to just sit…watch TV, and unfortunately, GAIN weight. BUT…what if you could burn excess calories, and have fun at the same time? Instead of making it a chore, make it a GAME?

Ok, maybe that sounds a little crazy, but in my 11 years of personal training experience,  I have found that when people can get their minds off of just exercising and instead focus on something fun, they tend to burn way more calories and work out for longer than if they just doing the traditional workout routines. Sounds cool, huh? Well, here a few ways that you can have fun WHILE burning more calories throughout your day. Take the WORK out of working out, but still lost some fat and build some muscle in the meantime!

The TV Challenge

So, maybe you didn’t think watching TV would be part of any exercise program promoted by a trainer, but let’s face it, we ALL watch TV, and simply telling someone to NOT do it, well, isn’t gonna happen. Instead, turn it into something of a game that will allow you to burn calories WHILE watching the boob tube at the same time. You can do this by trying to see how many exercises you can do during commercial breaks. Whenever a commercial comes on, you start a particular exercise. It could be pushups, body weight squats, jumping jacks, whatever. Try to do them for the entire commercial break, or if you can, write down how many you do…then, when the next commercial break hits, you try to BEAT that record.

This little game is PERFECT if you have a few friends over watching with you, especially on Football Sundays. Get the group competitive and you will see some SERIOUS calories being burned. If you can combine this one with some HEALTHY munchies (no chips or soda please) you may turn your TV watching into the thing that gets you a ripped body in time for the beach…

The Office Olympics

Many of us spend much of our day at the office. If we can use some of this time to burn some calories and get in shape, then all the better! The office Olympics is a little game you can start at your office. You all agree on a series of exercise. Again, keep them fairly traditional like pushups, squats, crunches, etc. Then, you have weekly contests to see whose numbers are the best.

Rather than JUST go for who can do the most, you can also have categories such as who has improved the most so the playing field can be a little more fair. If the boss allows it, you could treat these like a pool where everyone chips in a little money and each week, there are winners for various categories that win the prize money. The boss may even want to provide incentives as well as such an office workout competition can help lead to overall health of the team which could lead to more productivity.

Household Hercules

Did you know your house is a gym? I don’t mean there’s a gym IN your house, I mean your house is a gym! There are all kinds of exercises you can do in your house right now that will help you burn a ton of calories while having fun at the same time. For instance, you can curl the milk jug with each hand, or you can use the bathtub to do triceps presses (sit with your back against the tub and put your hands behind you on the tub and press down and lift your butt off the ground) or you can do situps but putting your feet underneath the couch, or you can climb up and down the stairs for several sets…all KINDS of exercises are right there in front of your face!

If you want to burn some extra calories and have fun while you are stuck at the house, just identify a few exercises you can do in each room in your house, then, go through EACH room performing each exercise you have designated. Try to seem how quickly you can get through your entire house and every day, try to beat your record.

Take the Stairs

This one is simple; if you go somewhere and you have to go up at least one flight, take the stairs! This is especially effective if you are staying in a hotel on an upper floor. Just hit the stairs whenever you are leaving the hotel or going to your room…I myself try to race my friends who take the elevator, but then again, I am a little crazy. I recommend you taking your time when on the stairs, but whenever possible, TAKE EM!

Hit the Playground

I can’t tell you how many times I have passed by a playground (or taken my kids to one) and I see a bunch of kids playing, and a bunch of parents sitting. The parents sit on the benches and watch…I say forget that! Take your kids to the playground and JOIN them!

Hit the monkey bars, play chase, rediscover your inner youth! There is absolutely nothing wrong with acting like a kid at the playground and it is a PERFECT way to burn some extra calories while having loads of fun. Your kids will have a blast as well. So get your butt off the bench and join them!

Working out doesn’t always HAVE to equal work. Put some fun on your plate, turn life into a game, and burn calories, lose some excess fat, and live a little longer WITHOUT having to step foot into a gym.



  1. I think these are cool bunch of tricks to burn calories. I don’t work out because of lesser time I have to spare for it. One can always try these tips for having a blast.

  2. I was wondering why it is that people hate to exercise and why they didn’t make exercise routines more fun in the first place. This has reminded me that I need to find something that will be fun to do instead of something I dredge along doing because I have to. Great ideas by the way I hear that Zumba is a blast so I think I will give that a try.

  3. I feel so much better after I get done with my daily workout. It is showing up to your workout that is the challenging part. I am not talking about showing up at the gym either. I happen to do all of my workouts from home – and when I am consistent about it, I always burn fat and build muscle. The results I get become evident in just 2 days.

  4. This is actually a very good idea and I know from firsthand experience. I do something similar to the TV challenge but not exactly. Instead of watching tv I usually spend the time playing games, so I bought a exercise bike and I’ve been playing videogame while riding it for couple of weeks now. At first it felt a little awkward but I quickly got used to it and thanks to that habit I’ve lost 4 pounds already. Make working out fun and you’ll lose weight.

  5. I completely agree with this and I am trying to make my work outs a lot more fun by doing a lot of it outside even if it is cold. You did give me some really good ideas as far as things I can do around the house, like the stairs that will be a big boost, thank you for that idea. I am going to try the competition between commercials as well.

  6. Albert Yang says:

    I am a huge potato couch and I am determined to conquer the TV challenge. Now I can tell my wife that I actually have a reason to watch TV. Come here Modern Family and Grimm, I am ready to finally lose my weight that has been dragging my down with it!

  7. I like the household hercules idea and finding random but fun exercises to do around the house. Also going to try the commercial break exercising too as not like I watch them anyway.

  8. My office has made fridays, Office Olympic Fridays. We have a new set of exercises every Friday, and we get together at lunch and have a little bit of fun with them. Great ideas here!

  9. I believe what I need is a change in attitude about exercising and try to make it fun. To me, exercising is work, actually worse than work. Work at least pays you 😛 I love spending time with my boys so perhaps that’s where I should get started. We generally play in the basement where I made their playing space, but I think I’ll take them out to the park and start running with them. It’ll be good for my kids and for myself and on top of that I love playing with my kids anyways :)

  10. I like to consider myself a fit Mum. It’s mainly due to chasing my boys around the playground each day. Not only does it tire them out, it keeps me fit! I reward myself with some wine in the afternoon while they nap :)

  11. Jillian Cohen says:

    I started forcing myself to take the stairs instead of the elevator at work for the last 6 months now. Ever since then I noticed a huge improvement in my cardio and I’ve lost 15lbs doing this alone :)

  12. Angie Zachary says:

    I love the Household Hercules Idea lol. My kids just might think that’s actually fun :)

  13. Sherry Rose says:

    Yep, I agree. Whenever I take my kids to the park I lose soooo much energy which HAS to mean that calories were burnt 😉

  14. It’s great to see some of these ideas coming out for the folks who can’t get over to the gym. Add some cleaning into the household hercules idea and you’ve got a great workout plan!

  15. I can’t tell you just how much exercise you get when playing with your kids on the playground. Entertain them and they’ll entertain you back too!!

  16. I really like the TV challenge and the office Olympics. Like most Americans I watch a lot of TV and I’ll be honest I don’t do anything in particular when I watch TV. During commercial breaks I probably snack more or maybe hit the john, but that’s about the extent of the activity I do. I should challenge myself to exercise during commercial breaks and try to make a habit of being more active. I also think my boss will be understanding of us putting some exercise in between work hours, he’s a real cool guy and I think he’ll give us an okay.

  17. I really like the stairs idea, except you can sometimes find yourself having to climb ten flights of stairs, which is no fun. The reward however is certainly better than that of the elevator route!

  18. Burning fat is about working out at an eaiesr pace and for a longer amount of time. Cardio strength builds when you push your heart to beat faster and work harder. So the fat burner might feel eaiesr but what’s happening is that you’re going longer (hopefully) and therefore your body is resorting to its fat stores instead of its sugar stores for more energy. Keep up the good work!

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