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Lazy girl’s guide to getting fitter


Can a three-minute workout give you a body like Jacqueline? UK scientists think so
Just three minutes of exercise a week can drastically improve fitness. Scientists at the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Bath claim a few 30-second bursts of intense exercise could deliver the same health benefits as slogging it out for hours in a smelly gym.
Make these small changes to your lethargic existence to shave the kilos off and add extra years to your life — without moving too fast.
Do bicep curls in bed 
There's absolutely no research to prove that standing up rather than lying down to do bicep curls with cans makes any difference. If anything, a bed will support your back muscles while you balance the remote in one hand and weight in the other.
Clearly, the key to this workout is to use lighter weights and do more reps. The exercise could see you lose 36 calories for each set of 15 reps.
Wear a black plastic bag
When jockeys and boxers (the athletes - not the pants) need to drop weight fast, they exercise in thermal suits specially designed to increase their body temperature and make them perspire. You can make your own thermal or 'sauna', suit by wearing black plastic bags under your normal clothes. These create a warm and humid environment for your body, which makes you sweat buckets. Just watch out for accelerated bacteria growth — what can seem like a harmless spore one morning, could wipe out the entire office by lunch.
Take the stairs one at a time 
In a modern reworking of the hare and the tortoise story, going up the stairs one step at a time can actually burn more calories than leaping up at speed.
Scientists from the University of Roehampton found climbing five flights of stairs five times a week burned an average of 302 calories when they were taken one at a time. But taking two steps with every stride burned 260 calories.
The biomechanical explanation could be that taking the stairs one at a time may result in faster rates of muscle shortening, which increases energy turnover.
Stand up
Humans were not designed for slouching at a desk, eating crisps and updating Facebook pages. According to fitness boffins, humans are meant to stand up and keep moving.
Three extra hours on your feet would burn up 144 more calories and get rid of 8lb of fat a year. And no, that doesn't mean three hours of standing at the bar.
Be a fidget
Twitchy people are fitter than sedentary people who go to the gym. Those extra, irritating movements — tapping your feet or scratching your bits — burn 350 calories a day.
The US Mayo Clinic put sensors in 10 obese and 10 slim volunteers' pants to actually measure how many ants they had. Oh okay, they measured movement — and found that overweight people sat down for an average of 150 minutes more a day.
To become a twitcher, you have to learn to do several things at the same time such as, walking up and down while talking on the phone.
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