And 20 Other Everyday Activities that Burn Calories
It’s true (and inevitable), as even seemingly inactive activities like thinking burn calories. Yes … you can even burn calories by thinking … and quite a few of them, at that.
Your brain makes up only about 2 percent of your total body weight, but it uses 20 percent of your resting metabolic rate (the total amount of energy your body uses on a non-active day, i.e. the calories your body burns just to keep functioning).
On average, this works out to about 260 calories every day, just by thinking![i] (Unfortunately, contrary to popular belief thinking harder, such as while taking an exam, will probably not cause your brain to burn significantly more calories).
20 More Everyday Activities That Burn Calories
Your body burns calories when you likely don’t even realize it (heck, you’re even burning calories while you read this!). The estimates below, from Harvard Medical School,[ii] are based on a 155-pound person (if you weigh more you’ll burn more, if you weigh less, you’ll burn less) doing the activity for 30 minutes.
- Sleeping: 23 calories (so in 8 hours of sleep you’ll burn 368 calories)
- Watching TV: 28 calories
- Reading: 42 calories
- Standing in line: 47 calories
- Cooking: 93 calories
- Caring for a child (bathing, feeding, etc.): 130 calories
- Grocery shopping: 130 calories
- Playing with your kids (moderate effort): 149 calories
- Heavy cleaning (window washing): 167 calories
- Typing and other computer work: 51 calories
- Light office work: 56 calories
- Desk work: 65 calories
- Sitting in meetings: 60 calories
- Sitting in class: 65 calories
- Driving: 74 calories
- Planting in your garden: 149 calories
- Weeding your garden: 172 calories
- Raking your lawn (and sacking up grass or leaves): 149 calories
- Mowing your lawn with a push mower: 167 calories
- Playing hopscotch: 186 calories
How to Burn SERIOUS Fat Without Diet and Exercise
The thing about burning calories with your everyday activities is that if you’ve been leading the same routine for a while, and you’re still overweight, you need to burn even more calories for weight loss.
You can, of course, exercise to do this (and exercise is highly recommended even for non-weight-loss health reasons!), but there are other calorie-burning ways, too. Making simple changes can add up, for instance:
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help you burn an additional 4-6 calories a minute
- Drinking cold water burns about 9 more calorie then room-temp water
- Fidgeting and changing your position often can burn hundreds of extra calories a day
- Parking in far away spots will increase your calories burned while walking
- Get your body’s human growth hormone (HGH) pumping again (naturally, of course)
The latter is easier than you may think, as all-natural ThinMist contains a uniquely calibrated blend of 7 essential vitamins and amino acids that work together to help boost your body’s ability to produce HGH. This is important because your body’s production of HGH slows when you reach your 30s, and with it so too does your metabolism. Give your body the fat-burning boost it needs with just three quick spritzes a day … and then watch the pounds to melt away.
Written By: Updated: August 13,2013