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Burn Off Holiday Calories!

25 Ideas, No Gym Time Required


12/11/2014 2:21:15 PM

We should not be encouraging people to hand wash dishes. You actually use up more water that way. This is especially important if you live in a desert. Otherwise, neat list.
12/11/2014 1:58:57 PM

Mowing grass is listed (which we haven't had done in ages) but shoveling snow is not? C'mon it's December.
12/26/2012 6:13:51 AM

MAMA3MANY1's SparkPage
Very good!
Love the very real humor bits!
12/14/2012 8:22:54 AM

Love it!
I'll be spending the holiday at my sister's house. They like to go for a walk after every meal, on top of fun playing in the yard with the crazy kids. I'm not worried about not getting my exercise!
11/24/2011 10:22:12 PM

CHYCHY01's SparkPage
interesting article, i learned a lot..
11/24/2011 12:40:26 PM

I printed this out to stick on the fridge! Wow - very useful! I'll be doing lots of these today.
11/24/2011 8:38:58 AM

I plan on the 'keep on moving' goal today..I vow to not fall prey to the laziness that eating turkey brings..No food coma happening here...Besides knowing that I am a janitor and cleaning 8 hours a day accounts for some sort of activity.This is a very good list for people starting out.Not everyone can do workout videos or hit the gym until the weekends.This gives ideas and hope and even let's people know that everything you do burns calories.
5/26/2011 1:06:31 PM

I agree with Seawave. Anything that is a general day to day activity may burn calories, but I did not gain weight by not changing the bed linens or letting my husband carry my groceries from the car.
5/26/2011 8:06:24 AM

SEAWAVE's SparkPage
While I realize all these little things add up, I just view them as part and parcel of living. For me, intentional exercise is the only thing that makes me feel that sense of accomplishment at having worked out. What I call my "stealth" exercise (10 minutes while I go to the washroom, taking the stairs, etc.) is bonus!
11/24/2010 5:20:04 AM

when I do housework, I do it fast and vigorously to get it done in record time, and to get a workout too.

Vaccuuming and cleaning the bathroom can turn into a real workout if you really go for it.

I always wear trainers, shorts and t-shirt for these chores, to get into workout mode.
11/20/2010 11:25:48 PM

Ha! I have 4 dogs! I thought they just helped me burn calories taking them Walkees! Thanks for a fun article.
12/20/2009 11:46:56 AM

Love the list but I have to say it shows that you are from the south. No mention of snow shoveling. But doing yard work is. My yard is under about 6 inches of snow so yard work will have to wait. I did discover that snow shoveling burns about 250 cals for a half hour. So now it is extra cardio.
12/6/2009 12:05:25 PM

I think there's a significant difference between staying active and concentrated exercise, but this article offers some great suggestions to counteract a lot of our little indulgences. I'm all for getting off the couch and moving!
11/27/2008 7:15:16 PM

WHISKERS12189's SparkPage
Went for a walk after the meal with my husband and father-in-law. Got me up to over 10,000 steps for the day. and made me feel a lot better! Now if I hadn't eaten that slice of pumpkin pie!
11/27/2008 4:25:34 PM

loved this article - suddenly I felt that I was taking exercise most of the day. I wonder how many calories are used up in looking after a busy toddler? ironing? washing windows? gardening? painting? I suspect sparkpeople have the answer. What a great resource you are. Tattycorum

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