27 Unexpected Ways to Burn 100 Calories

on May 4, 2015

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27 Unexpected Ways to Burn 100 Calories

Looking to shed some pounds for bikini season? We have some great news! Burning calories doesn't just happen when you spend endless hours on the treadmill. A lot of things you probably already do (and maybe even enjoy!) can also help you lose weight. Don't believe us? Check out these day-to-day activities that can help you increase your calorie burn without ever stepping foot in a gym.

(Number of calories burned during the following activities depends on your age, weight, and gender. Get an accurate count on Calorie Lab)

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1. Play with the Kids

Everyone knows that little ones are basically tiny bundles of pent-up energy. Help them get it out (and burn some calories in the process) by playing with them. Whether that means sports, tag, or even a game of make-believe, you wouldn't believe how much stamina it'll take to keep up with pint-sized playmates!

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2. Walk the Dog

A regular stroll with Fido can add a serious boost to your calorie burn. The actual number you burn depends on the length and speed of your walk, but the great thing about man's best friend is that you can't talk yourself out of taking him out-nature calls no matter how lazy you might be feeling!

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3. Go Fish

No, we don't mean the card game. This seemingly slow-paced activity can actually help burn a significant amount of calories. Just one hour spent waiting for your next catch can burn up to 136; if you actually get into a stream in some waders, that number increases to 340!

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4. Fidget at Your Desk

A lot of people can't avoid sitting at a desk all day, but you can sneak in some activity while you work. On average, fidgeting can burn up to 300-350 extra calories over the course of a day. Just don't let your movements get too crazy-you might attract unwanted attention from your boss.

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5. Grocery Shop

It seems counterproductive, we know. But wandering through the food-stocked aisles of the supermarket while you pick up your groceries can actually help burn 144 calories an hour (calculated for a 135-pound woman).

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6. Hike

As the weather gets warmer and the flowers start blooming, there's nothing better than a nice, long hike. Not only will you soak in some sun and reap the benefits of time spent in the fresh air, you'll also burn calories while you do it!

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7. Give a Massage

Treat someone you love to a nice, relaxing massage; they'll feel like royalty, and you'll burn up to 250 calories an hour!

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8. Hit the Sauna

Experience relaxation, feel the benefits of total body cleansing, and burn some calories! A 160 pound person will burn over 300 calories during just a 30-minute session in a sauna.

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9. Carry a Baby

You may not think of toting around your little bundle of joy as exercise, but you burn an average of 211 calories per hour just carrying a baby around. Ditch the stroller and shed some pounds!

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10. Pace While on the Phone

If your day-to-day routine involves a lot of time spent on the phone with loved ones, business associates, or clients, make good use of that time by pacing while you talk. The movement will help you burn calories, and you'll get a much-needed respite from sitting.

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11. Get Frisky

Who knew burning calories could be so fun? Intimate time is great for your relationship health and general happiness, but it also can be an easy way to burn some calories. Kissing burns up to 100 calories an hour-a number that increases as things continue to heat up!

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12. Play Frisbee

Grab some friends and toss a disk-just an hour of frisbee (the regular, run-of-the-mill, non-Ultimate kind) can burn up to 200 calories.

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13. Go Canoeing

A few hours spent paddling down a river or around a lake is a great upper-body exercise that can do wonders for your weight loss. A 175-pound person burns 357 calories canoeing for an hour.

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14. Go Bowling

A trip to your favorite bowling alley can burn a couple hundred calories per hour. Just avoid the beer and nachos!

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15. Play a Round of Pool

Undo the damage of that last beer (or three) by sharpening up your billiards skills. A couple rounds of pool can help you burn over 100 calories!

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16. Work on the Car

The next time your ride needs a tune-up, consider working on it yourself (if you don't know how, find someone to teach you!). You'll save some dough and burn over 100 calories an hour in the process.

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17. Go Shopping

We'll take any excuse to hit the racks, but a long shopping trip can also help burn a ton of calories. All of that walking, carrying bags, and trying things on really adds up-just skip the pretzel stand.

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18. Rearrange Your Furniture

Feng shui is supposed to harmonize your environment, but did you know it can also help you burn calories? 30 minutes of lifting and rearranging furniture burns up to 150.

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19. Wash Dishes by Hand

Give the dishwasher a break; washing dishes by hand will help you burn off some of that last meal.

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20. Cook

Who needs takeout? Cooking a meal at home will help you burn calories, plus your homemade dinner is bound to be healthier than whatever you might get to-go.

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21. Mow the Lawn

Yard work can be a hassle, for sure, but before you decide to pay the neighbor's kid to do it for you, consider this: you'll burn about 150 calories every half hour you spend mowing.

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22. Wash Your Car

If your car is in desperate need of a wash, skip the automatic one and do it by hand instead. You can burn up to 250 calories for every hour you spend in the suds (plus more if you decide to wax it!).

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23. Jump on a Trampoline

Something about jumping on a trampoline is just plain fun, and it's also an excellent way to burn calories. Just 10 minutes on a trampoline translates to 100 calories burned for a 150 pound adult.

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24. Play Ping Pong

You might think of table tennis as a leisure activity for frat boys in garages, but it's actually a pretty high-energy activity that will allow you to burn some serious calories. Most beginners will burn about 200-350 calories per hour.

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25. Hula-Hoop

Hula-hoops have gained a following in the fitness community for a reason; the fun activity can help you burn calories and blast belly fat in the process.

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26. Put on Your Dancing Shoes

You don't have to go to a dance aerobics class to get a workout from dancing. Just turn up the tunes, find yourself a partner, and lose yourself in the music-you'll burn upwards of 400 calories an hour!

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27. Play the Drums

You don't generally think of playing music as an aerobic activity, but drumming can really make you work up a sweat! On average, drummers burn about 250-350 calories per hour-long session.