28 Everyday Activities That Burn Calories & Keep You Trim

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed over flat tummies and taut behinds. Despite the obsession, obesity is creeping up, health problems are looming and we’re losing touch with what it means to be un-distorted and moderate-minded. We look for everyday activities that burn calories one day, and eat a bit more the next.

That’s not to say having your cake and enjoying a healthy lifestyle is unheard of. In fact, that’s your key to losing weight and keeping it off! I did it, and I still eat cake every week.

When we’re not on the higher end of the midriff inches, we’re going to extremes in weight loss, dropping to dangerously low numbers and over-exercising. Both ends of the spectrum are an indication of loss of reality and a healthy set point. Speaking of, ‘strong’ isn’t the new thin when the ‘strong’ person is so thin from lacking body fat that her little ‘muscles’ pop out.

On the other hand, it’s not a good idea to justify lazy patterns using other people as examples. Why do people always reference Marilyn Monroe when trying to make a point about weight? No, she wasn’t skinny as a beanpole. She also wasn’t ‘plus-sized’. With 35-22-35 measurements (we’ll take waist cinchers into consideration for the tiny waist measurement), she was hardly the image of today’s sizing system. Idealizing a certain size isn’t fair, but having a grasp of the realities of an active body is being a step closer to a healthy state of being.

The chart below isn’t meant to spur you into 10 MPH running sprees. It’s meant to give you an idea of what an active body looks like. You shouldn’t be sprinting for 30 minutes after taking a 30-minute hike, playing with the dog, and then vigorously scrubbing the tub. That’s unhealthy over-kill galore that breeds over-exerciser insanity. You also shouldn’t settle on 9 hours of sitting in front of the computer as your average day. The point is to recognize that if you have a day planned centered around wrapping presents, let’s say, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to do some jumping jacks or walk around the neighborhood at a moderate pace.

Everyday Activities That Burn Calories

Exercise

  1. Running 10mph
  2. Bicycling >20mph
  3. Running 6mph
  4. Jumping Rope
  5. Kickboxing
  6. Elliptical
  7. Circuit TRaining
  8. Jumping Jacks
  9. Weight Lifting, vigorous
  10. Hiking
  11. Ballet
  12. Heavy Cleaning
  13. Dancing
  14. Food Shopping
  15. Calisthenics, light
  16. Walking, 3mph
  17. Weight Lifting
  18. Playing with dog, standing
  19. Light Cleaning
  20. Cooking
  21. Hatha Yoga
  22. Laundry
  23. Applying Makeup
  24. Walking, around house
  25. Standing, light activity
  26. Arts & Crafts
  27. Computer Work
  28. Wrapping Presents

125lb

  1. 495
  2. 495
  3. 300
  4. 300
  5. 283
  6. 270
  7. 227
  8. 227
  9. 180
  10. 170
  11. 136
  12. 135
  13. 128
  14. 105
  15. 99
  16. 94
  17. 90
  18. 79
  19. 71
  20. 71
  21. 71
  22. 61
  23. 57
  24. 57
  25. 57
  26. 43
  27. 43
  28. 43

155lb

  1. 614
  2. 614
  3. 372
  4. 372
  5. 352
  6. 335
  7. 281
  8. 281
  9. 223
  10. 211
  11. 169
  12. 167
  13. 158
  14. 130
  15. 123
  16. 116
  17. 112
  18. 98
  19. 88
  20. 88
  21. 88
  22. 76
  23. 70
  24. 70
  25. 70
  26. 53
  27. 53
  28. 53

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Nataliya Ogle

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Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website styletomes.com and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.

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