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Tips and Tricks: Easy Ways to Torch Some Extra Calories When You Can’t Hit the Gym!


The end of a semester typically coincides with stress, and lots of it. Our days are slammed with preparing for finals, writing long papers, and often consuming too much coffee with too little sleep. It’s hard to find time to workout during the end of the semester, and it’s easy to put on some pounds as the holiday season comes upon us when we aren’t properly exercising our bodies. 

This temporary loss of a daily workout leaves you feeling mentally drained physically lethargic. Exercising, even for only 30 minutes, can boast your mood and give you a ton of energy, so when we fail to slip on some sneakers and get going, our body can take a toll. Never fear! We have come up with some of our favorite tips and tricks to help you not only feel invigorated and energized this test taking season, but will also help you burn off some of those extra calories you might be consuming!

Push off all negative thoughts and take a look at these tips to ensure you’re at the top of your game in every aspect of your life!

Drink Green Tea

You most likely already have a steady stream of caffeine from your daily coffee(s) but to mix things up, consider swapping it for green tea instead.  Three cups of black coffee or green tea can increase your metabolic burn by 4%! Steer clear of sugary energy drinks like Redbull or Monster, and even sugary Starbucks concoctions, which might give you a little bit of a buzz, but will have you crashing within a couple of hours!

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

It super important to stay hydrated, but *rather than lug around a big water bottle all day, opt for a smaller one.* This way, you’re more likely to get up and move around  morewhen you find yourself filling it up more often.

Keep It Cool

Crack your window open and let some of that crisp (note: freezing!) Syracuse air in your room to boost your caloric burn.  Studies show that when your body has to work harder to keep you warm, you burn up to 40% more calories. Sleeping in colder temperatures also actually helps you sleep longer and deeper, which is so important to keeping you brain up to speed!

Make It Spicy

Spice up your life and add some sriracha to your next meal. Not only will you feel fuller in a shorter amount of time, but it also helps give a slight jump start to your metabolism.  Capsaicin, ginger, and black pepper will also do the trick by raising your body temperature.  Any of these will complement any type of food you might happen to be craving, so dig in-that is, if you can handle the heat.

Get Some Gum

Whatever flavor gets you going, pop some gum in your mouth between classes. Research shows gum chewers burn anywhere from 5-8% more calories than those who don’t chew gum, so pop in a piece to hold you over until your next meal.

Take the Long Way Home

Your live in Watson and your first class is in Maxwell.  Rather than take the most direct route, take an extra 3-5 minutes by walking past Life Sciences and heading through the quad.  Simply adding a few extra tenths of a mile to get from place to place will eventually add up so you can at least meet that recommended 10,000 steps a day quota. Take in the mild weather while you can before the brutal winter hits us here at Cuse!

With these minor adjustments, you’ll be able to not only crush finals season but also crush some calories, too so that this holiday season, you still look fabulous while getting those A’s.

By: Helena Starrs