30 Unusual Ways to Burn 100 Calories Without Exercising

By Hollie Black Ramsey

December 30, 2016   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

burn calories without exercising

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.

Dancing – 20 minutes

Vacuuming – 25 minutes

Gardening – 30 minutes


Do the week’s ironing – 40 minutes

Raking the leaves – 40 minutes

Washing your vehicle (wax and clean out the inside for more burn!) – 30 minutes

Fidgeting (yes, fidgeting!) – 1 hour 30 minutes

Light housework (dishes, dusting, sweeping, etc) – 20 minutes

Grocery shopping – 30 minutes

Serious cookin, (making everything from scratch and prepping everything by hand with no fancy gadgets) – 40 minutes

Give someone a massage – 25 minutes

Sit in a Sauna – 15 minutes

Rough house with this kids – 25 minutes

playing with kids

Chop wood – 15 minutes

Take a long nap – 1 hour 25 minutes

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

Rearrange a room – 15 minutes

Play pool (billiards) – 35 minutes

Bowling – 30 minutes

Making Love – 30 minutes

Laughing – 1 hour 18 minutes

Play Scrabble with friends – 2 hours

Go fishing – 25 minutes

Play table tennis (ping-pong) – 25 minutes

Singing – 40 minutes

Putt-Putt Golf – 30 minutes

Walk the dog – 25

dog walking


Sit on an exercise ball – 1 hour

Chew gum – 1 hour 40 minutes

Walk to work – 20 minutes

Drink 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) 


Hollie Black Ramsey

Mom. Wife. Blogger. Bohemian cyborg.

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