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50 Easy Ways to Burn 100 Calories

Torch Your Way to the Top with These Activities


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  • These are great! I bookmarked the article.
  • I liked #47, moving furniture, because that is in my to-do list.
  • Thank heaven for the everyday activities. I unable to do most of the others due to multiple medical conditions and since I can't I don't reach my target heart rate (I start at RH of 32-normal for me) that way so while I keep moving it takes me more than twice as long. When you are able to be active (and I was) you never think about what if. My weight is only slightly higher than college 50 years ago but I'm 3" shorter and lots "softer" since I can't do vigorous exercise without risking injury. I love to swim but meds made my skin too sensitive to the chlorine - would love access to a salt water pool but have yet to find one that is open to the public. Still looking.
  • Love these ideas! Not so hard to find time to torch 100 calories.
  • Some of those are calories you burn just being alive and going about your business. According to the chart "Harvard Heart Letter", in 30 minutes of sleep a 125-pound person burns 19 calories, while a 185-pound person burns 28 calories. (Sleeping is the one time that you can be sure that you're only breathing.) I figure that unless it's something like digging a new garden of vigorously pulling weeds, it really doesn't count toward my exercise goal.

    How many calories can I burn if I twirl my office chair around for 10 minutes? Silly.
  • 40 minutes washing dishes? I stand at a sink and move my hands to wash dishes. There's no way I'm burning that many calories.

    SP, please don't give your members unrealistic figures or make them think that an everyday task like washing dishes counts as exercise.
  • I showed this to my daughter who is a busy single mother and she was excited and motivated to get healthy and also joined Sparkpeople while we chatted over Easter dinner! Thanks for helping us see that exercise like good eating has to fit into daily routine
  • This is very helpful information. Thanks
  • Sorry, bit doubting this. I used to clean a school, for a living, that's about say 6 hours actually hoovering etc, climbing 44 flights of stairs a day, walking about 6 to 8 miles a day. According to this list, I should have been burning waaay more than I ate, and the weight should have been falling off me, but I couldn't get below 10 and a half stone, even tracking on SP to 1700 cals a day.
    This is really nice way
  • Today I spent 4 hours cooking, but SP does not give any credit for that.
    According to this article, 34 minutes cooking time burns 100 calories.
  • Really shows you don't have to practically kill yourself - like on those reality diet competitions on TV - to burn calories. This article gave me hope. Thanks
  • You can also do basic self defense moves at high intensity and burn a lot of calories in very little time. These can be done with no special equipment and take very little space, when they're done right they typically employ all or most muscles at least to some extent, especially the midsection, and you get the added benefit that in addition to better fitness you also improve your ability to defend yourself. They are a good way to add variety to whatever else you're doing.
  • Not a very useful article if you don't weigh anywhere near 150 pounds. If I weighed that little, I wouldn't even be on this site unless I had come on heavier and was now in maintenance mode.
  • good exercises today, cleaned PART of my closet, worked for over an hour in it. Cleaning out my clothes that are now much too big. Will alter some that I really like. Thank God for Sparks

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