How To Burn Calories Without Going To The Gym

Last Updated on May 15, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

Want to get in shape and lose weight but have no time or money for a gym membership? Learn how to burn calories without going to the gym. How many calories do everyday activities burn? You might be surprised!

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Getting in shape for swimsuit season

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. However,  my neighborhood has a pool and we just about LIVE there from May through September.  When it is 100 degrees and I am sitting under the umbrella in my shorts and tshirt…people notice!

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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!

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How many calories can you burn in a day?

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. 

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 WebMD and put your own info into the activity calculator) (all numbers are for one HOUR of each activity…)

Once you know how to burn calories without going to the gym, maybe you can cancel the gym membership and plan a beach vacation instead.  If you want to start tracking calories burn more accurately, we have great results with the Fitbit Charge 3 Activity Tracker.  It syncs with a very easy to use app on your phone to keep track of calories burned.  

  • Gardening:  225 calories
  • Shoveling Snow by hand:  340 calories
  • Sitting in church  56 calories (hey, we should all take a few minutes of peaceful thought!)
  • Moderately active sex 73 calories (hah! a whole hour? funny!)
  • Driving your car: 113 calories
  • Playing the piano:  141 calories (no wonder my daughter is so skinny!)
  • Taking a bath:  84 calories (I do love a nice long bath!)
  • Walking the dog: 179 calories (the dog likes this one!)
  • Talking on the phone while standing: 101 calories

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The more you move, the more you burn

Of course, the faster you move, the more calories you burn.  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?  

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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