Get a Workout While Brushing Your Teeth
Aug. 6, 2015
In addition to the obvious advantages of good oral hygiene, regular tooth brushing has some rather unexpected health benefits. Recent studies have shown that grabbing a toothbrush and getting to work on those teeth and gums can help prevent lung ailments, reduce the risk of cancerous tumors, and even help women who want to become pregnant. Few people, however, tend to consider the calorie burning potential of brushing your teeth. Thatâs right, you can burn calories brushing your teeth. Of course, no one is going to get a perfect beach body simply by brushing their teeth, but the activity can actually make an appreciable difference in your gross calorie count over (a lot) of time. Some estimate that brushing your teeth for two minutes or more can burn up to six calories each time. This means that avid teeth brushers can burn more than 20 calories a day. Thatâs enough to work off two cups of beef broth! Over time, this calorie deficit adds up. Brushing three times a day for a period of two minutes will cause you to burn well over 3500 calories on an annual basis. This means that after a full year of diligent brushing, you stand to lose at least one pound of excess fat. Weâll take it!
INCORPORATE STRENGTH EXERCISESOf course, to really get a workout while brushing your teeth, you need to put in a little extra effort. Try incorporating some simple balance, flexibility and strength exercises into your daily oral hygiene regimen. A number of exercises can easily be done while simultaneously brushing your teeth. LifeHacker.com and the 300 Pounds and Running physical fitness blog suggest a range of exercises that will keep you from simply looking in the mirror and wishing that you looked better while youâre brushing your teeth. Make the most of each second by doing some of the following while attending to those pearly whites:
- Calf raises
- One-legged standing exercises