Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How to Clean and Burn Calories

Do these chores at a brisk pace. Try not to take breaks and use some elbow grease to get things sparkling. It might also help to turn on some tunes and time yourself, trying to do it a little faster each week.

Washing Windows - 30 minutes will burn about 150 calories.

Doing the Dishes - Skip the dishwasher and do them yourself to burn 75 calories in 30 minutes.

Rearranging Your Room - 30 minutes of moving furniture burns 225 calories.

Vacuuming - Burn about 100 calories in 30 minutes.

Painting - Tired of your beige bedroom? Pick a new color and burn roughly 100 calories per 20 minutes of painting (think Karate Kid).

Outdoor Fat-Burning

Cutting the Grass - Mowing the lawn will burn 160 calories in 30 minutes, as long as you're pushing the mower yourself.

Washing the Car - Burn about 150 calories in just 30 minutes.

Gardening/Raking Leaves - The digging and raking you do are big-time calorie burners. You can burn up to 100 calories in just 15 minutes! (I'm guessing it's about the same for snow shoveling.)

Biking - A leisurely bike ride (approximately 10 mph) will burn more than 100 calories in 40 minutes. Grab the family and get pedaling!

Swimming - No need to go all Michael Phelps here. Just a 15 minute slow swim will burn about 100 calories.

Frisbee - A fun 30 minute Frisbee toss with your kids or friends will burn about 100 calories and hardly seem like exercise at all.

Pushing a Baby Stroller - Pushing a stroller burns about 60 calories in 20 minutes. Don't have a baby? I'm sure your relative, friend or neighbor will be happy to lend you theirs.

Walking - It's one of the simplest ways to burn calories because you don't need anything to get started. Fifteen minutes of brisk walking will burn approximately 100 caloreis. A brisk daily walk at lunch time or after work will make a difference.

Dancing - Who doesn't love to shake it? 20 minutes of dancing at a moderate pace will burn 100 calories.

*All of these numbers are based on a 150 pound individual.

Taken in part from the eDiets Extra email sent out Nov. 8, 2010. Tweak of the Week: Burn 100 Calories Anywhere, by Shawn McKee, Staff Writer
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