Physical activity and exercise burns calories. The difficult part is calculating how many calories you have burnt. If you are someone who works out daily, then it is essential that you be aware of the number of calories you burn with this workout. After all you have put in the efforts, so you should know of your gains too. Although there are many devices that help estimate the number of calories you have burnt, you can acquire a rough estimate without use of these also.
There is one golden rule you should always keep in mind. When you work out, you should ensure that you are reasonably tired by the end of the workout. This does not mean that you have to exhaust yourself endlessly. If you are over exhausting yourself, then it only means that you are over exerting yourself. On the other hand, if your workout was very comfortable and has not caused your heart rate to increase, it means that your workout was not as effective. So, the trick lies in finding the right balance. You should wear out your muscles considerably and feel substantial fatigue after your workout.
Did you know that; being generally active throughout the day also helps in burning calories. For instance, take the stairs instead of the lift, walk around your office and home to get chores done, cook your own food! All these activities help tremendously to burn calories and lose weight. Being physically active can help you burn an extra 300 calories every day.
Such activities that help you burn calories during the day; when you are not sleeping; are known as thermogenesis or NEAT. It can be any activity that you do such as, reading, typing, working in a garden, cleaning your house, washing your car, etc. Such physical activity increases your metabolic rate and thus helps burn calories.
Even getting a daily exercise of thirty minutes every day helps tremendously. If you walk briskly for around 30 to 45 minutes every day you can burn anywhere between 100 to 200 calories. Even an evening stroll or walk with your dog can burn about 100 calories. Vacuuming or cleaning the house can also burn about 100 calories. Gardening activities like weeding, raking leaves and mowing the lawn can burn around 150 calories.