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Activities that burn calories

How many calories do everyday activities burn?

June 13, 2016

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Every day activities can sometimes feel like a workout. The good news is some of those activities can burn calories. The calorie information below is based on a 140 lbs. person doing one hour of each activity.

Everyday activities

  • Sitting while reading or writing: 82
  • Washing the car: 124
  • Remodeling or painting the house: 128
  • Shopping: 146
  • Operating a snow blower: 159
  • Babysitting: 191
  • Personal grooming: 210
  • Mopping floors: 223
  • Mowing the lawn with a push mower: 350
  • Shoveling snow by hand: 382

Active hobbies

  • Yoga: 159
  • Playing frisbee or bowling: 191
  • Walking at a medium pace: 223
  • Fishing or golfing: 223
  • Square dancing: 286
  • Kayaking or canoeing: 382
  • Swimming laps or freestyle: 382
  • Aerobic dancing: 465
  • Jump rope: 751

Use our calorie calculator to figure out how many calories you burn doing your favorite activities.

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