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How Many Calories Are You Really Burning?

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Lean people rack up more than two and a half hours of additional daily movement than their overweight peers, a study showed. That means they can zap up to 350 extra calories a day on top of their daily exercise. "The calories we burn puttering around are far more important for weight maintenance than we ever imagined," says study author James Levine, MD, PhD. Here's how it all adds up.

Doing this… Time Burns off…
Window shopping 2 hours 295 calories
Planting flowers 1 hour 290 calories
Raking the lawn 1 hour

255 calories

Vacuuming 1 hour 225 calories
Washing the car 1 hour 290 calories
Playing tag 30 minutes

160 calories

Barbecuing 1 hour

160 calories

Playing guitar, seated 1 hour 130 calories
Throwing a Frisbee 30 minutes 95 calories
Walking the dog 30 minutes 95 calories
Bathing the kids 30 minutes 95 calories
Folding laundry 30 minutes 65 calories
Talking on the phone, standing 30 minutes 55 calories
Laughing at a funny movie 30 minutes 50 calories
Doing the Sunday Times crossword 30 minutes 40 calories
Chewing gum 2 hours 22 calories
Darting up stairs 1 minute 15 calories


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2007.


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