Slimming Secret: Tap Your Foot

Slimming Secret: Tap Your Foot

Having trouble getting back to healthier eating habits after all the holiday cooking? Tapping your foot could help keep the extra calories from expanding your waist.

It may sound silly. But check out the numbers: Whether they were leg bouncers, toe tappers, or thumb twiddlers, people in a study who had a habit of fidgeting burned, on average, nearly 350 extra calories per day!

Fidget More, Weigh Less
It's true: Fidgeters are more likely to stave off weight gain from extra calories. (This might also explain why so few 6-year-olds have a weight problem!) One truly fidget-prone person in the study burned a whopping 700 extra calories per day. 

Turn On the Burn
You don't have to tap your toes to get the job done. Doing just about anything besides sitting still counts -- maintaining your posture, turning pages, or regularly lifting a glass of water to your lips -- but the more active you are, the better. Of course, one of the best ways to increase your daily calorie use is to exercise regularly. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Hide the remote and get up to change the channel. Walk whenever you talk on the cell phone. Burn calories without even trying with this no-workout workout.

Medically reviewed in September 2019.

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