What if you were told that you burn calories even without exercising?
Oftentimes, when we think of burning calories, we think of hitting the gym, dancing the Zumba, jogging in the park, and busting out the Wii Fit. We fail to realize that everything we do that requires movement of the body actually burns calories.
If you’re a waiter, at the end of the day, you’ve burned some mega calories running back and forth from kitchen to table and back again for hours and hours. You’re a stay at home parent? Chasing after kiddos, playing catch and roughhousing burns calories! Everything does!
Is vacuuming every day going to turn you into a sports calendar model overnight? Nope.
But it WILL help you stay on track with your diet, especially if you’re logging your caloric intake. If you’ve discovered that you’re about to go over your daily calorie allowance by noon – then it’s time go out and rake some leaves.
So, if the word “exercise” makes you wanna run… the other way… no worries. Here are 30 realistic and “non-exercisey” activities that you can do (or do MORE of) that will burn 100 calories.
1Dancing – 20 minutes
2Vacuuming – 25 minutes
3Gardening – 30 minutes
4Do the week’s ironing – 40 minutes
5Raking the leaves – 40 minutes
6Washing your vehicle (wax and clean out the inside for more burn!) – 30 minutes
7Fidgeting (yes, fidgeting!) – 1 hour 30 minutes
8Light housework (dishes, dusting, sweeping, etc) – 20 minutes
9Grocery shopping – 30 minutes
10Serious cookin, (making everything from scratch and prepping everything by hand with no fancy gadgets) – 40 minutes
11Give someone a massage – 25 minutes
12Sit in a Sauna – 15 minutes
13Rough house with this kids – 25 minutes
14Chop wood – 15 minutes
15Take a long nap – 1 hour 25 minutes
16Rearrange a room – 15 minutes
17Play pool (billiards) – 35 minutes
18Bowling – 30 minutes
19Making Love – 30 minutes
20Laughing – 1 hour 18 minutes
21Play Scrabble with friends – 2 hours
22Go fishing – 25 minutes
23Play table tennis (ping-pong) – 25 minutes
24Singing – 40 minutes
25Putt-Putt Golf – 30 minutes
26Walk the dog – 25