Many people are interested in beginning a weight loss program in order to shed a few extra pounds, but the idea of hitting the gym every evening is not exactly appealing, especially after a long day at work. There are a number of ways that you can burn off 100 calories or more through creative, fun activities, according to

  • Dance the night away. If you've ever wanted to get up and move to hip-hop beats, enroll in an aerobics class that incorporates this style of dancing. Have an interest in learning the tango? Consider signing up for a Latin dance class. Although these may seem like frivolous ways to drop pounds, they can help you shed calories while having fun.
  • Make a splash. If you have a knack for swimming, consider doing more than just the butterfly stroke next time you're in the pool. Experts say that jogging in water can help you burn more calories. Because it will force you to exert more energy through resistance, you can quickly shed extra pounds by doing this activity on a regular basis.
  • Hit the beach. If you enjoy the beach, try jogging along the sandy shores. By running on sand, as opposed to hard asphalt, you can burn up to 50 percent more calories while exerting extra energy and effort.
  • Walk the dog. If you own a dog, getting creative with exercise is a cinch. Instead of just letting your pet out into the back yard, get yourself out of bed in the morning to take Fido for a long, healthy walk. Spending time with your furry friend is not only enjoyable, but it's also a calorie-burning activity. If you're feeling adventurous, do it two to three times a day to get the most out of the physical activity.

Remember to listen to your muscles before and after every exercise routine. This can help you make sure you aren't overdoing it and exerting too much pressure on your body, which can cause injury.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 2½ hours of moderately-intense exercise per week for adults. Taking these steps into consideration can help you burn 100 calories or more on a daily basis, propelling your weight loss efforts.