Burn Up Calories to Burn Down Weight

Did you know that rearranging furniture for 14 minutes will burn 100 calories! I do want to see what the couch would look like over there. And, only 26 minutes of moderate housework will burn 100 calories, too.

I just got a new activity=calorie burning list from SparkPeople and I like that it shows what activity and how long you have to do it – burns 100 calories. Most “calories burned” lists show you the activity that you do for an hour or half an hour then the calories you burn through that activity. Mind you , the chart to the right does give us heavy people the calorie-burning advantage. But I cannot/will not do one hour of weight lifting. Maybe dancing when my hip heals but not even that right now.

If the food companies are going to keep marketing 100 calorie packages of goodies we might as well know what we have to do to burn them off. And, if we double our activity we can eat the treat and lose weight, too!

I love this new list, it divides the activities into: Workouts (Yikes, but most people concentrate on these); Sports and Leisure Activities (Darts! they put darts in here. I didn’t know that playing darts could be a weight control activity. Hooray!!!! Oh, wait. I don’t play darts.); Yard Work (Sigh! I want to do weeding? Maybe watering…); and Everyday Activities. I noticed that they haven’t put sex anywhere. It could fit under any of the categories, except Everyday Activities, unless I was a few decades younger and I know it’s not in the Olympics.

Minnie doing Moderate Housework!

I truly like the idea of taking up darts and rearranging the furniture or taking a dog for a walk or dancing around the living room while doing moderate house cleaning -and the calories will burn up as my weight goes down.

Thanks for listening. ;D

Here’s the list if you didn’t want to connect with the link!

50 Ways to Burn 100 Calories (SparkPeople)

(Values are approximate and are based on a 150-pound person.)


  1. Biking: 23 minutes of casual cycling
  2. Cardio dance class: 15 minutes
  3. Elliptical: 8 minutes
  4. Jumping rope: 9 minutes at a moderate intensity
  5. Lifting weights, vigorously: 15 minutes
  6. Pilates: 24 minutes
  7. Rowing machine: 13 minutes
  8. Running stairs: 6 minutes
  9. Running: 9 minutes of running at a 6 mph pace
  10. Swimming: 15 minutes moderate intensity
  11. Walking stairs: 11 minutes
  12. Walking: 20 minutes of walking at a 3 mph pace
  13. Water aerobics: 23 minutes
  14. Yoga: 20 minutes
  15. Zumba: 11 minutes

Sports and Leisure Activities:

  1. Basketball, shooting hoops: 20 minutes
  2. Bowling: 30 minutes
  3. Dancing around living room: 20 minutes
  4. Darts: 35 minutes
  5. Golfing, carrying clubs: 15 minutes
  6. Ice skating, moderate: 18 minutes
  7. Kickball: 13 minutes
  8. Mini golf or driving range: 30 minutes
  9. Playing catch with a football: 35 minutes
  10. Playing Frisbee: 30 minutes
  11. Playing soccer, casual: 13 minutes
  12. Skiing,downhill: 10 minutes
  13. Softball or baseball: 18 minutes
  14. Tennis (doubles): 21 minutes
  15. Tennis (singles): 15 minutes
  16. Treading water, moderate effort: 23 minutes
  17. Volleyball, recreational: 26 minutes
  18. Water skiing: 15 minutes

Yard Work:

  1. Mowing the lawn: 20 minutes
  2. Painting house: 18 minutes
  3. Raking leaves: 23 minutes
  4. Shoveling snow: 15 minutes
  5. Washing the car: 20 minutes
  6. Weeding the garden: 18 minutes

Everyday Activities:

  1. Carrying an infant: 24 minutes
  2. Cleaning, moderate effort: 26 minutes
  3. Cooking: 34 minutes
  4. Doing dishes: 40 minutes
  5. Mopping the floor: 20 minutes
  6. Playing with children: 23 minutes
  7. Pushing a stroller: 35 minutes
  8. Rearranging furniture: 14 minutes
  9. Shopping: 38 minutes
  10. Sweeping: 23 minutes
  11. Walking the dog, 26 minutes

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on August 7, 2012.

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