Everyday Calorie Burners

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Burn Calories in the Yard

  • Shoveling snow: 400-600 calories per hour
  • Heavy yard work (landscaping): 400-600 calories per hour
  • Raking and bagging leaves: 350-450 calories per hour
  • Gardening: 200-400 calories per hour
  • Mowing the lawn: 250-350 calories per hour

Get Busy Around the House

  • Major cleaning (turning mattresses, washing windows, washing the car): 175-250 calories per hour.
  • Moderate housecleaning (laundry, mopping, vacuuming): 150-200 calories per hour
  • Light housecleaning (dusting, picking up toys): 120-170 calories per hour.
  • Child care: 300-600 calories per hour (this of course depends on the age of the children and their activity level)

3 Keys to Everyday Activity

  1. Kick It Old School: Don’t use a power tool when you can do something by hand. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  2. Don‘t be so efficient: Make more than 1 trip. Take the long way around.
  3. Do it yourself! Don’t let someone else do a task that could get you up and active. Unless you’re a mom, and you need a nap!