30 Unusual Ways to Burn 100 Calories Without Exercising

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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

See Also: 7 Easy Tips on How to Get the Perfect Nap 

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


27Sit on an exercise ball – 1 hour

28Chew gum – 1 hour 40 minutes

29Walk to work – 20 minutes

30Drink 4 glasses of ice water. You body will burn up to 25 calories trying to warm the water when it enters your body.

See Also: 6 Ways to Lose Weight (and Still Have Fun) 


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