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Everyday Ways to Boost Your Calorie Burn

Think ''Fit'', Not ''Fast''


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  • EXCELLENT article! Thanks so much for posting this, because I never know how to "guess-timate" how many calories I am burning in regular activity like you mentioned. Sure wish someone would post a graph we could print out on what the average calorie burn is on things mentioned above & others too.
    hint hint, wink nudge! Thanks for all the great tips! - 9/30/2016 1:26:02 PM
    I love these ideas! I already do most of them because I am frugal, lol. I also use a hand (push reel type) lawnmower. It is fabulous exercise and doesn't take any longer than using a motorized mower, plus I never need to get gas or have it serviced professionally So it saves time and money too! Win-Win! - 8/18/2016 12:53:20 PM
  • Exactly!!! Great blog. - 6/5/2016 4:25:06 PM
  • Couldn't put my clothes out on a clothesline because I am allergic to the trees around here. - 12/17/2015 2:26:33 PM
  • I've been hanging my laundry out for years, because I love the way they feel, it's energy efficient, and it keeps me busy. Had no idea this was a fit way to do things, but that's just another reason to keep it up! (plus, hey, there's no outlet for a dryer in my house! lol) - 11/30/2015 9:11:29 AM
  • I don't use a leaf blower. I use a broom and rake. I pull weeds. I don't spray them with chemicals. I brush cobwebs off my house. I don't waste water by spraying them with a hose. I do everything I saw my grandmother doing, because I now know the importance of doing things her way. - 8/4/2015 11:44:15 AM
    I already do all these things (except for washing my car, because I don't own one). Some other article on this site stated that the calories burned by household chores are overrated. Which should I believe? - 7/18/2015 2:01:13 AM
  • Love all these fab "old-fashioned" tips. I remember helping my grandma hang clothes in the backyard on a clothesline. Do they even sell clothespins anymore? LOL - 4/30/2015 2:50:29 PM
  • Often these things (and others like them) are not only "fitter" but faster as well, when you figure in the time used to GET to where you are having the "service" done.
    The other day I had to take a bus from my suburb to the city. I also hasd to get my exercise in. In the end I walked to the city, and it took me no longer than waiting for the bus+bus ride time. - 2/6/2015 5:55:33 AM
  • The car wash does a better job of getting the dirt off the car, and as long as you stick to touchless, you don't end up with fine scratches on the clearcoat. Hand washing = scratches. Scratches = BAD. Assuming, of course, that you give a rat's hat about that sort of thing.
    I drive through the touchless, but then I take'er home and wax'er by hand. I like her to GLEAM. - 9/10/2014 9:15:14 AM
    when your poor all these "old fashioned fit ways' are just a part of life. - 7/16/2014 8:16:18 PM
  • Three cheers for doing things the "old-fashioned" way! It's the way we live our live here in the country. I don't own a dishwasher, I wash our car with hose and buckets, I walk to our mailbox (6/10's mile total to and from), I hang out my clothes whenever the weather allows (there is nothing better in life than going to bed on fresh-washed, line dryed sheets!!!), I push-mow our yard (I do cheat in using self-propelled) - it takes hours and hours to do, but such a good feeling, I use a hoe in the garden, I rake grass and leaves, etc. etc. etc. I should be about as fit as they come. It was fun for me to read an article here on SP that I finally felt like "Finally, I measure up to something!!!" (and can even brag a little!) - 7/16/2014 11:47:34 AM
  • Great article! I would add for the "hanging the clothes out to dry" that your arms get a great workout from carrying a basket full of wet clothes. Surprised there wasn't a guesstimate for calorie burn added in there for that one, lol - 7/16/2014 6:22:26 AM
  • So many great ideas in this article! At first I thought it would be about washing the laundry by hand and was even hesitant to read the article! LOL. I actually do many of these things already as we do not have a dryer or a dish washer, and I really enjoy walking to the site instead of driving. Some of these tips are even double the benefits, for example if you cook dinner you will likely eat less calories and more nutritious food. I stated to cook even my snacks and do not regret it, it shows me to ensure that 90% of what I eat is packed with nutritious ingredients. Last tip I would like to add to this list in the article is, in order to add yet a third productivity variable to each of these tasks, si then while listening to podcasts! I discovered podcasts and now I make sure that I am not allowed to listened to them sitting, si it actually makes me want to do the dishes so that I can continue my favorite podcast, or go for a longer walk to finish this episode... I chose podcast that not only I have an interest in but also from which I can learn! Continuous learning in one of the greatest joy in my life and one thing I was only getting from books and articles... I.e. Sitting, nor I learn while being active and even crossing stuff off my list and the best of all, I look forward to it! - 1/26/2014 12:36:43 PM
  • I am doing this kind of things whenever is possible and makes sense. I love the name: think fit not fast! - 1/26/2014 11:30:03 AM

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