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Do you ever wish there was a sneaky way to burn more calories without putting in extra time at the gym? If yes, then you’re in luck. We’ve put together 5 easy ways to burn calories and raise your metabolism, no gym required. These suggestions should not replace your weekly workout sessions, however. Regular exercise is still the best way to burn calories and raise your metabolism. Instead, use these suggestions to supplement your workouts and get a little extra calorie burn daily.

1. Drink Ice Water

If you’re used to drinking room temperature water, throw in a few ice cubes next time. Drinking ice water makes your body work harder to process it, therefore creating an energy expenditure. The result is only a small calorie burn (about 8 calories to be exact) but those calories can add up. Just 8 glasses of ice water could help you burn 64 extra calories throughout the day. That’s equivalent to one non-fat milk latte from Starbucks.

2. Add Some Spice To Your Diet

Certain spices like chillies, cinnamon, and turmeric have been shown to raise metabolism while also suppressing appetite. On average, eating a spicy meal will increase your metabolism by 8 percent over your normal metabolic rate. That might not sound like a whole lot but combined with spicy foods’ effect on suppressing hunger, you’ll likely eat less calories throughout the day on top of that.

3. Go for a Coffee Break

Coffee has many health benefits ranging from reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s, to lowering your risk of developing certain cancers. Coffee also helps you burn calories thanks to its main ingredient, caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can raise your metabolism anywhere from 3 to 11 percent. As if you needed another reason to make your daily coffee run, right?

4. Stand Up

Studies have shown that just 30 minutes of prolonged sitting can slow metabolism by 90 percent. Yikes. That’s unfortunate considering most of us have jobs that require us to sit for 8 hours a day. Make a point to break up your sitting throughout the day by standing up at least once every hour. Go for a short walk if you can or do some stretches. Moving even just a little bit will keep your metabolism going.

5. Fidget More

Doing any kind of movement burns calories, even fidgeting. If you are someone who has a hard time keeping still, you may have an easier time staying lean. One study suggests that fidgeting was more important than regular workouts for keeping the weight off. We find this hard to believe, but there is truth in fidgeting’s ability to burn calories. A simple tapping of the foot or swaying back and forth while you stand may be enough to blast some extra calories without working up a sweat.

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