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Guest blogger Erin Kurdyla: The mall is a ZOO this time of year -- and don't even get me started on the parking lot! Yet, no doubt, we will all find ourselves caught up in the chaos at some point. So turn your shopping trip into a sneaky slim-down session with these tricks:

woman at mall

ARRIVE EARLY: You can power walk (and window shop) before the stores even open as well as snagging a parking spot! Most malls keep doors to common areas open 24/7. BONUS: You'll burn 4 calories for every minute strolled.

TAKE A SEAT: Aim to stand up and sit down at five or more benches throughout your trip. It's as good as doing standard squats.

ESCHEW THE ELEVATOR: Stair-climbing zaps a whopping nine calories per minute, while toning your tush. If you're sans stroller, take the stairs!

GET AB FAB: Tighten and release your abs every time you see a "Sale" sign and ultimately take a percentage off your middle!

FEEL THE LOVE: Every time you hit the dressing room, try this on for size: banish all negative body thoughts with a mantra like, "My hard work is paying off!"

Visit Erin Kurdyla's blog at Self.com.


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