10 ways to burn kilojoules without really trying

Sounds like one of those annoying ads flooding the Internet doesn't it? We're always told that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So how can you possibly burn kilojoules, and even fat, without even raising a sweat? Diabetes Queensland Accredited Exercise Physiologist Emma Briskey promises these kilojoule blasting secrets can be believed.


Emma says the secret lies in what she calls incidental activity. Incidental activity is all the movement you accumulate just by going about your daily business. Walking to the bus stop, doing the grocery shopping, and hanging out the washing all counts as incidental activity. By making a few tweaks to your daily routine you can be more active and burn more kilojoules without even realising you're doing any exercise. Emma shares her tips for being more active every day below:


1)    Instead of searching for the car park that's closest to the door of your work or the shops, park your car in the car park furthest away and enjoy a little walk.


2)    Ditch the car and take public transport. The short walk to and from your bus stop or station can make a big difference. To really ramp up your incidental exercise, try getting off at an earlier stop and walking the rest of the way.


3)    At work, rather than relying on email to contact your colleague, go over and chat to them in person.


4)    Hang your washing on the line rather than put it through the dryer. You'll also save power and money.


5)    Take the stairs instead of the lift or walk up the escalator rather than standing still.


6)    When you run out of milk or bread, walk or cycle to the shop rather than drive.


7)    Walk your children or grandchildren to school rather than drive. Physical activity is really important for kids too.


8)    When speaking on a mobile or cordless phone, have a little walk around the house or office whilst you talk.


9)    If you work in an office, print your documents at the printer the furthest away from your desk and get up every time to collect it.


10)  Instead of waiting for the coffee van to arrive at work, take a 10 minute break and walk to the coffee shop. You will be more productive when you return, and not just because of the caffeine.


While incidental activity may not deliver the same benefits as planned exercise, every bit of movement adds up and can help keep you energised throughout the day.


Increasing your incidental activity can be an easy way to burn extra kilojoules in addition to the regular 30 minutes of physical activity you're doing each day. Just remember the more you move the better you'll feel!