#Fitness Friday: Yes, you CAN burn calories without going to the gym!

 
So, I have decided that it is getting too close to swimsuit season for me not to be getting serious about dropping a few pounds. I usually avoid bathing suits like the plague but seeing as my neighborhood has a pool and we just about LIVE there from May through September I am starting to get a little bit of slack about that. When it is 100 degrees and I am sitting under the umbrella in my shorts and tshirt…people notice!
 
So, I will be the first to admit that I DETEST exercise. I like walking and hiking in the woods and gardening so I don’t dislike being physically active….but working out for the sake of exercise seems a bit like, well, WORK! I force myself to do it occasionally just so I can fit into my pants but I don’t go “Oh, YAY I get to go run today!” unlike my slightly weird husband!
 
I came across a lovely little tool while trying to figure out how many calories a day I burn and wanted to share it with you. It is an Activity Based Calorie Burn Calculator. Using this handy dandy little calculator you can figure out how many calories you burn just doing the stuff you do on a daily basis…there is a reason we moms are exhausted at the end of the day! We do a lot of housework, baby chasing, errands, cooking, etc. Those things use calories. And, the more calories we use up, the more Cheetos we can eat after the kids go to bed. Okay, maybe not if I want to actually get into that bathing suit any time soon….But, here is a list of a few common activities and how many calories each one burns. (these numbers are based on my age, sex, and weight. To get accurate numbers for  yourself, head over to the calculator and put your own info in.)
  • 1 hour of Gardening:  225 calories
  • 1 hour of Shoveling Snow by hand:  340 calories
  • 1 hour of sitting in church  56 calories (hey, we should all take a few minutes of peaceful thought!)
  • 1 hour of moderately active sex 73 calories (hah! a whole hour? funny!)
  • 1 hour of driving your car: 113 calories
  • 1 hour of playing the piano:  141 calories (no wonder my daughter is so skinny!)
  • 1 hour of taking a bath:  84 calories (I do love a nice long bath!)
  • 1 hour of walking the dog: 179 calories (the dog likes this one!)
  • 1 hour of talking on the phone while standing: 101 calories
 
Of course, 1 hour of running 5 mph (a 12 minute mile…that is doable) burns 450 calories. Seriously, though, I would rather spend that hour soaking in a hot bath than running but I don’t think that is going to get me into my swimsuit any time soon.
 
Have fun with the calculator! It was interesting to see how many calories I burn doing housework! I should get that vacuum cleaner out more often!
What is your preferred method of burning calories?
 

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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. I think something in there has to be off, though I definitely love the idea of burning calories with everyday things. But burning more calories by taking a bath than having sex? Something seems off there.
  2. Charlotte says:
    This is another great calorie calculator. You can see at once all the activities:
    http://www.healthdiscovery.net/links/calculators/calorie_calculator.htm
  3. I'm glad to see easier ways to exercise. :)
  4. I learned that I burned 2 calories while writing this comment! LOL!
  5. interesting note about the sex versus bath calorie output! I will have to recheck that!

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