Sometimes all a person needs is a little spark, some motivation to get started on a task that seems too overwhelming to begin. Weight loss is one such task. Losing just 10 pounds can seem such a daunting task that it’s hard to even know how to begin.
Breaking any task into smaller pieces is always beneficial. Seeing the smaller steps involved can make the mountain seem more like a succession of molehills. The same is true of weight loss. Cutting or burning 35,000 calories to lose 10 pounds seems very difficult and cutting even more calories to lose 15, 20 or more pounds just seems impossible. But break those amounts down into daily calories and the 35,000 becomes 500 calories. Burning 500 extra calories a day produces an approximate weight loss of one pound in a week. Then it’s easy to see that losing weight can be controlled by cutting some calories and burning some calories, over a period of time. Starting a running program can be too much to think about, but finding activities to burn 100 calories at a time is not so hard. Think of how many extra calories you’d like to burn each week or each day, and then manage them in 100-calorie increments. You’ll bypass the guilt from failures because you can almost always add an extra 100-calorie activity.
Following are some ideas for burning about 100 calories which can be mixed, matched, even doubled as time and energy permit. Keep in mind that a person’s weight affects the number of calories burned, so a heavier person will burn more calories in the same amount of time than a lighter person. Most of the calories in the list are estimated for a 150-pound person.
Around the House
- Approximately 40 minutes of dusting the house will burn just over 100 calories.
- Ironing for 40 minutes will burn about 100 calories.
- Folding clothes for 40 minutes burns an easy 100 calories.
- Working hard at picking up trash around the neighborhood nets a little over 100 calories.
- Try 20 minutes of washing the car to burn 100 calories.
- Pushing the vacuum for 40 minutes will burn about 100 calories.
- Go grocery shopping, pushing a cart for 25 minutes to burn another 100 calories.
- If you don’t have time for a full workout, try this 10-minute, 100-calorie workout from Today.com.
- Riding a bicycle for just 15 minutes burns about 100 calories.
- Take a medium-paced 20-minute walk to burn 100 calories.
- Play pool for about 35 minutes and you’ll burn about 100 calories.
- Go bowling and you’ll burn about 100 calories in 30 minutes.
- Play with the kids for about 20 minutes or play Scrabble for an hour to burn 100 calories.
- Gardeners burn up about 100 calories every 20 minutes.
- Play charades for 30 minutes or dance for 15 minutes and you’ve burned 100 calories.