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Simple Calorie Burners in an Hour

Make Those Calories Melt Away

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It’s easy to want to count the calories when beginning a workout program. But, you don’t need to run 10 miles each day to effectively burn calories! It is good to consistently engage in physical activity each and every week. This will create a solid base from which you can build a successful exercise program. The following simple exercises can be included as a part of that program.

The number of calories burned during an activity depends on both the weight of the person, as well as the intensity. The following are estimates for the number of calories burned for an average 150 pound person during an hour of activity.
  • If you are walking briskly, expect to burn about 300 calories.
  • Basketball is a great way to spend calories. We have all seen how the pro players sweat! You can burn well over 450 calories like this.
  • If you have to clean your house, why not do it with optimism? Light cleaning consumes about 240 calories an hour.
  • Do you have a green thumb? Well, your love might have some unexpected positive side effects. Gardening uses about 324 calories!
  • Golfing on the weekends is a favorite pastime of many. 385 calories are burned if you carry your clubs! Fore!
  • Put a stationary bike in front of the television. You’ll be burning 380 calories an hour while you catch up on the latest news.
  • Are you a fan of the aerobics class at the local gym? You should be, because this activity uses 405 calories for just an hour of sweating.
  • Also, that elliptical trainer can burn an amazing 630 an hour!!
  • Even ping-pong has healthy benefits! This activity uses up 280 per hour.
  • Any person with children knows that chasing after these little ones can burn calories. The number probably depends on just how wild that kid is, but that can certainly count.
  • Hey, if nothing else, even sleeping burns calories. You’ll be using up 45 for just an hour! But that’s not an excuse to take a nap!
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Liz Noelcke Liz Noelcke
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  • Some people due to health issues or joint issues can not preform many of these exercises but don't know where to go to gett assistance for appropriate exercises. I was sure I'd find some area on SparkPeople that would address this issue. - 10/11/2012 3:29:23 PM
  • I really love this article. It's amazing how ping pong and sleeping can burn so many calories, I love SP!!!! - 7/2/2012 2:17:27 PM
  • Spark People is for everyone willing to take responsibility for their own well being. Keeping our bodies as healthy as possible has to be a lifetime commitment. Exercise and nutrition are key components. Here I find plenty of good advice and challenges. At sixty nine my menus have been punted out of a comfortable rut and we are enjoying trying recipes and different ingredients. This site is adding fun and health to my life. - 4/20/2012 2:21:46 PM
  • to megan Leslie Sansone workout videos walk away the pounds are for everybody no matter what size you are. I am a big woman for now and have been able to do these from the get go, I have a total of 90 pounds to lose. I have worked myself up from 15 minutes a day to an 45 minutes to an hour and they keep track of how many miles you do and do lots of core strength training with out getting on the floor I recomment these to anybody. I couldnt even get off my couch with out help 4 months ago and now I am doing really well and even hiking again good luck to all - 6/3/2011 10:55:42 PM
  • EVTHART
    If I weighed 150 I would be at my goal. - 5/26/2011 2:39:16 PM
  • Folks, there are calculators on this website to tell you specifically for your weight how many calories you are actually burning for any given activity. The point of this article is to let you know that even if you were 150lbs(which some sparkers are) these are the estimated amounts. What this means is that those of us who weigh more, burn more. And really they are just showing some good calorie burning activities for those who are running out of ideas or just need a little reminder that every activity burns calories and the point is to stay active. BTW, to the person who wants some big people exercises, Im right there with you. Most exercise vids that I have seen are NOT made for big people. If you find some that are, let me know. The closest I have found is an elderly woman on a local channel who does yoga and low empact exercises every morning. Otherwise I have just had to make it up as I go along...and dance like a crazy person:) - 5/26/2011 6:34:55 AM
  • SALTCITYBABE
    I don't think Spark is concerned with the weight of each individual. Spark is a lifestyle not a diet program. We all know the rules for good health. Good nutrition, sleep, lots of exercise, drink water, have checkups.....If you follow the rules of good health, you will be healthy. No excuses. - 1/6/2011 9:09:51 PM
  • Hey! Don't assume that if someone weighs 150 pounds, that she/he "probably wouldn't even be on this page. Most people are here to lose weight, meaning they most likely weigh a lot more than 150 lbs. " On what grounds, exactly, can you make that assumption?

    NOT that it's any of your business, but some of us at 150 pounds have 30-35 pounds to go.... and we need this site just as much as you do because we don't WANT to "weigh a lot more than 150 lbs" or be any heavier than we already are.

    And, by the way, what "average" means is that if you add up the weights of all the people in a given sample, and divide by the number of people in the sample, the resulting number is the "average" weight of that group. It does not mean that the majority of people are at that "average" weight -- in fact, it's possible that none of them may be. For example: If I take six of my students' test scores, of whom 2 got A on the test, 2 got F, and one each got a B and a D, and I add all their scores together and divide by the six students, the "average" grade will be C even though none of them actually got a C on the test. - 12/19/2010 8:39:08 PM
  • Hey! Don't assume that if someone weighs 150 pounds, that she/he "probably wouldn't even be on this page. Most people are here to lose weight, meaning they most likely weigh a lot more than 150 lbs. " On what grounds, exactly, can you make that assumption?

    NOT that it's any of your business, but some of us at 150 pounds have 30-35 pounds to go.... and we need this site just as much as you do because we don't WANT to "weigh a lot more than 150 lbs" or be any heavier than we already are.

    And, by the way, what "average" means is that if you add up the weights of all the people in a given sample, and divide by the number of people in the sample, the resulting number is the "average" weight of that group. It does not mean that the majority of people are at that "average" weight -- in fact, it's possible that none of them may be. For example: If I take six of my students' test scores, of whom 2 got A on the test, 2 got F, and one each got a B and a D, and I add all their scores together and divide by the six students, the "average" grade will be C even though none of them actually got a C on the test. - 12/19/2010 8:37:19 PM
  • FUNANDSUN
    Thanks! Especially for including the last point about how much you would burn napping, because that's really the 'baseline' isn't it? I've always wondered about that. So if you burn 300 calories an hour doing something, it really means that it's 255 calories MORE THAN you would otherwise burn, which is what is important to most of us. - 11/22/2010 5:00:07 PM
  • I know even if I do a little activity each and EVERY day its better than my OLD way of living.
    Thanks SparkPeople!! - 10/24/2010 6:33:26 PM
  • This is helpful! I have a question about gym machines and their calculations for calories burned. Does the machine adjust the calories burned according to the weight you enter on the machine? - 1/28/2010 9:36:46 AM
  • ALICOTTER
    Just read some of the comments about the weight and calories burned. If you track exercise in Spark there is a spot for other exercise which is where I found out about shoveling. It takes my weight, number of mins and tells be how many cals I burned. Could not be simplier. And you do not have to leave Spark. - 1/19/2010 4:44:59 PM
  • ALICOTTER
    Ever since I discovered how many calories I burn shoveling my driveway it has become an extra cardio workout. Not a hated winter job. I actually get joy out of doing it now knowing that I am buring about 300 cals for the 30 mins it can take me. Plus I get a little extra upper body work when the snow is heavy.

    Should note that I workout at the gym 6 days a week so It isn't the only workout I get and therefore have no worrieds about hurting myself. - 1/19/2010 4:41:51 PM
  • It's interesting to find out the number of calories that daily tasks burn. And I agree with the comment about belly dancing - It really gives a workout! - 1/15/2010 4:17:04 PM
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