Have fun, lose weight

It is possible to burn calories without even noticing and have fun in the process – remarkable yet true. Here are our suggestions on lessening the wobble in the waistline the easy way.

  • Swimming, cure whether lengths in a local pool or messing around at the seaside on holiday, can burn 200 calories in just 30 minutes.
  • Walking can use up to 200 calories every half-hour while power walking can turn up the rev counter even more.
  • A vigorous game of bat and ball can burn over 150 calories in just 15 minutes.
  • Clothes shopping can burn up to 300 calories every hour – maybe that’s why they put chairs for exhausted partners outside the changing rooms!
  • A kick-about in the park can burn 550 calories an hour.
  • Hire some bicycles for a family day out – cycling at just five miles per hour burns 250 calories in 60 minutes.
  • Go wild in the country and help the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers with gardening, planting or clearing, using up between 300 and 500 calories per hour.
  • Children can burn over 100 calories in just 15 minutes while on the trampoline or in a bouncy castle.
  • Hopping, skipping and playing games with the kids always makes for active times.