What are some easy ways to burn 100 calories?

Sari Greaves
Nutrition & Dietetics
Here are 9 simple ways to burn 100 calories:

  • Clean the windows -- Spending just 20 minutes cleaning the windows of your house burns approximately 100 calories. Depending on the size of your house, and the state of your windows, you could be burning off your breakfast while performing this household chore.
  • Weed the garden -- Gardening burns up to 100 calories in just 15 minutes, depending on the tasks you're performing. Vigorous jobs like pulling up weeds and turning soil will burn the most calories, while smaller jobs like pruning roses and picking apples will still burn a significant amount of calories.
  • Play with the family dog -- Throwing a ball or Frisbee for a dog can burn up to 100 calories in 25-30 minutes. Make it a family activity to help get the whole family in shape. Incorporate it into a walk around your local park, and you'll increase your calorie burning potential even further.
  • Do the ironing -- Ironing is a household chore that most people would prefer to avoid, but it is also an effective way to burn calories in the comfort of your own home. Ironing your clothes burns approximately 100 calories in 25 minutes.
  • Decorate the house -- Painting and decorating can burn up to 100 calories in just 15 minutes, depending on how strenuous the work is. Painting large walls and hanging rolls of wallpaper will burn the most calories, while light painting jobs will burn 100 calories in 25-30 minutes.
  • Wax the car -- Waxing the car is arduous work and burns around 100 calories every 15 minutes. Save money at the car wash by washing the car yourself, and burn off excess calories at the same time. The vigorous rubbing involved in waxing a car will burn the most calories.
  • Try aerobics -- High-impact aerobics can burn 100 calories in less than 10 minutes, making it one of the most effective ways to burn calories. For those who prefer more gentle exercise, aqua aerobics is a less strenuous way to burn off those extra calories.
  • Walk -- Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and suitable for almost everybody. It is also free, easy, and something you can do alone or in a group. Walking at a brisk pace will burn 100 calories in approximately 15 minutes.
  • Cycle to work -- Cycling can burn 100 calories in 10-20 minutes, depending on the speed you are travelling. Gentle cycling on a flat surface will burn around 100 calories in 20 minutes, while cycling at a moderate pace will burn the same amount of calories in half the time.

100 calories is not a lot consider you probably burn at least 1500 calories just lounging around the house all day. Many household chores such as vacuuming, doing laundry, mowing the lawn, raking leaves or picking weeds will help you burn 100 calories. Taking your dog for a walk around the neighborhood will help burn 100 calories as well. Lastly, if you have children playing catch or a game of tag is a fun way to burn 100 calories and will give your kids a chance to exercise as well.

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