Burn Calories by Thinking!

And 20 Other Everyday Activities that Burn Calories

burn calories by thinkingYou know you can burn extra calories by stepping up your exercise program, but did you know you can burn calories without even trying, while engaging in activities you already do anyway?

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.

  1. Sleeping: 23 calories (so in 8 hours of sleep you’ll burn 368 calories)
  2. Watching TV: 28 calories
  3. Reading: 42 calories
  4. Standing in line: 47 calories
  5. Cooking: 93 calories
  6. Caring for a child (bathing, feeding, etc.): 130 calories
  7. Grocery shopping: 130 calories
  8. Playing with your kids (moderate effort): 149 calories
  9. Heavy cleaning (window washing): 167 calories
  10. Typing and other computer work: 51 calories
  11. Light office work: 56 calories
  12. Desk work: 65 calories
  13. Sitting in meetings: 60 calories
  14. Sitting in class: 65 calories
  15. Driving: 74 calories
  16. Planting in your garden: 149 calories
  17. Weeding your garden: 172 calories
  18. Raking your lawn (and sacking up grass or leaves): 149 calories
  19. Mowing your lawn with a push mower: 167 calories
  20. 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:

  • burn calories by thinkingTaking 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.


Filed Under: Weight Loss
Written By: Updated:

Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFTPain Relief Expert, Post Rehab Specialist.

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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2 thoughts on “Burn Calories by Thinking!”

  1. Fred says:

    Item #2 in the list of 20 every day activities, starts on the wrong foot. If you claim that thinking burns calories (which I agree with), you SHOULD CROSS IT OUT, delete, whatever, item #2, “watching TV”.
    Watching TV is NOT THINKING, it’s a passive consumption of mis-information. It’s the major cause of obesity, and it’s the main cause of Altzheimer’s disease (don’t ask experts about this, as they are motivated by funds coming in, so they will never speak against the TV Empire).

  2. Tonia says:

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me.

    Appreciate it!

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