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How to Burn Calories Without Even Trying

The holidays can be stressful enough without adding the burden of trying to lose weight. But if you know you’re going to want to whip yourself into shape come January, you can at least help yourself out by not putting on any new pounds during the holiday season. While that may seem like a tall order, you might already be doing more than you think. A lot of everyday activities help boost your calorie burn. See how much you can burn without even trying:

  • Sitting in a meeting or class: 65 calories/hour
  • Driving to your grandma’s house: 75 calories/hour
  • Shoveling snow: 353 calories/hour
  • Playing pool: 93 calories/hour
  • Grocery shopping: 130 calories/hour
  • Cooking dinner: 93 calories/hour
  • Scrubbing floors: 197 calories/hour
  • Crafting: 34 calories/hour
  • Taking care of children: 141 calories/hour
  • Helping your friend move: 353-564 calories/hour (depending on whether you’re carrying items upstairs or not)
  • Playing drums: 204 calories/hour
  • Baking Christmas cookies: 106 calories/hour
  • Chopping wood: 282 calories/hour
  • Blow-drying your hair: 106 calories/hour
  • Having sex: 21 calories/hour

Note: These are the extra calories burned above the general amount of calories you expend for daily living. All numbers are based on a 155-pound individual.


Kerri-Ann is a registered dietitian and nutrition coach who writes on food and health trends. Find more of her work at or follow her on Twitter @kerriannrd or Facebook.


Comments (11)

  1. emeverse posted 12/07/2013

    Won't the calorie-burning effects of baking cookies be immediately counteracted by the sampling of the finished, or semi-finished, product?

  2. suzy posted 12/08/2013

    having sex – 21 calories burned per hour : your doing it wrong

  3. Ben posted 12/08/2013

    21 Calories/Hour ??? lol… Gotta be a typo.. What kind of sex would that be…???

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