Calorie trimming is only half of the equation; you need exercise too. But don't panic: You don't have to spend excessive time sweating it out in a gym, climbing mountains, or running marathon races. Simple, fun stuff -- like the aforementioned biking and walking -- will use up those calories.
The best motivation for taking walks is having a dog. Enjoying a brisk walk with Rover after dinner can dissolve dozens of calories. You'll both be healthier and happier. (Chasing the dog around the yard doubles the calorie deficit.)
Of course, you don't have to get a dog to take a walk. Motivation to exercise can also come through teamwork. When the whole family goes for a walk or a bicycle ride, you'll do more than burn calories -- you'll iron out the day's problems and build family values.
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