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Getting Active to Lose Weight

Think cutting calories from your diet is the only way to lose weight? You can help burn off excess calories simply by being active. Let’s be active! Check with your doctor to see what activities are right for you before making any changes or beginning any new activity plan.

Check With Your Doctor to See What Activities Are Right for You
Check With Your Doctor to See What Activities Are Right for You

The benefit of burning calories

Eliminating 100 calories a day can help you shed 10 pounds a year. You can do this by eating fewer calories. Or you can burn off calories by being active.

What determines how many calories you can burn? Your weight, the intensity of the activity you choose, and the length of time you choose to do it.

Below are some exercise suggestions for burning 100 calories if you only have a limited amount of time.

See how to burn 100 calories in:

15 minutes

  • Tread water
  • Go for a walk up a hill
  • Do aerobic exercise like climbing stairs

20 minutes

  • Rake the yard
  • Take a brisk walk around the mall
  • Enjoy a leisurely bike ride

30 minutes

  • Go ballroom dancing
  • Push your child or grandchild around town in a stroller
  • Walk the dog

Get great fitness tips in the “How Active Are You?” guide.

Stay focused on your fitness goals by downloading the 4-Week Activity Planner.