20 Simple Ways to Burn 200 Calories!

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Burning calories doesn’t have to involve grueling, monotonous workouts that lack the fun factor. In fact, there are more than a few ways to burn calories that don’t involve spending extended periods of time in the gym. Specifically, burning 200 calories on a daily basis can be as simple as doing some of the following activities.

Play around
The Michael Jackson Experience for Wii or any dancing game will get you moving for sure. While you’re having a blast, you might be happy to note that you will effortlessly burn 200 calories after almost an hour’s worth of fun. Do this five times a week and you’ll have burned an extra 1000 calories- not bad!

Jump around
Jumping rope isn’t child’s play. Just 10-15 minutes per day of jumping rope can burn 200 calories. With so much return on your time investment, you could do this twice a day and burn twice as many calories. After a three days of jumping rope, you could eliminate between 600 to 1200 calories per week. A little jumping goes a long way toward reaching or maintaining your fitness goals.

Go golfing
Do you give golf credit for being a sport? Luckily for those who love it, it can provide health benefits. Just under an hour’s worth of walking and teeing off can burn as much as 210 calories.

Is your car dirty? Instead of taking it through the car wash, try washing it by hand. Doing so will help you burn about 210 calories after 40 minutes of washing. If you think that’s a long time to wash a car, try it and time yourself. After washing, vacuuming, and getting the nitty-gritty out of all the cracks and crevices of your vehicle, it will emerge clean and you will have washed away 200 calories.

Walk the dog
Walking your dog is an easy thing to do. A brisk walk once a day will net you about 190 calories. It’s a win-win- you and your beloved pet will be healthier for it!

Love all
No, I’m not suggesting you spread love to all in order to burn calories. However, it does burn calories! 😉 Love is a score in tennis and it might be a handy way to burn calories. You don’t have to be Serena Williams to enjoy the activity. Just pick up your racket, grab a ball and a friend and play. If you’re looking for something similar but indoors, try racquetball. Just be sure to have goggles to protect your face. Both activities will burn a little more than 218 calories after almost half an hour of play.

Home re-design
Why not make your home a bit different by rearranging your furniture? The more furniture you move, the more calories you can burn. All of that scooting, pushing, pulling and arranging will burn about 210 calories after 30 minutes.

Take the stairs
While the elevator is always an enticing option, taking the stairs can help you burn more calories. This tried and true advice often gets ignored still. There are many places you can opt to take the stairs over the more convenient elevator. Be sure to capitalize on any occasion that you can take the stairs instead of the elevator. About 30 minutes of walking the stairs equals 216 calories burned.

Go bowling
Like golf, bowling is another activity that doesn’t seem like it would be a big calorie burner. However, choosing bowling over watching television for an hour will burn 200 calories easy. Skip the beer and pizza to maintain the calories burned.

On the biking trail
Walking around the neighbourhood is a great way to get exercise, but an even better way to get moving is to pull out the old bike and get pedaling. If you want more of a challenge, take a hiking trail by bike. Just be sure that it’s a safe trail that is not too rugged. Just half an hour and 200 calories gone!

Grab the paintbrush
Adding a fresh coat of paint may feel like a boring chore but perk up – applying a few coats for about 40 minutes can burn…you guessed it, 200 calories!

No rider
Riding lawnmowers can certainly help landscape artists to do their job more efficiently in a sprawling estate. Unless you have 40 acres of land, it may be more beneficial for you to mow the grass the old fashioned way with a push lawnmower. Just 40 minutes equals 215 calories.

With the fishes
Swimming is a great way to burn calories and get an overall workout. This is an exercise that is easy on your joints and definitely a break from the high impact workout routines. After 30 minutes, you’ll have burned 215 calories.

Get organized
Cleaning, rearranging furniture, and now organizing as a way to burn calories? Believe it! The best place to start is the dreaded garage. Cleaning it will leave your home looking better and leave your body feeling better. To shed 200 calories, clean for about half an hour.

Boot camp
On those days you can’t get to class, you can still burn calories by creating your own bootcamp-style workout at home. Jumping rope, push-ups, lunges, squats, crunches, jogging in place, and burpees are a variety of exercises you can do at home. Perform each exercise for one minute and then move to the next. Repeat three to four times for an at home workout that is sure to help you maintain your physique. Thirty minutes of this will net you 200 calories.

Get in the garden
Gardening is a nice, relaxing way to burn some extra calories. If you have some shrubs that need pruning, some hedges that need cut, and some flowers that aren’t going to plant themselves, take the time to do it one afternoon. If you don’t have a yard, help someone else garden. Either way, you’ll be expending 200 calories for an hour’s worth of work.

Dance like nobody’s watching
If you are so inclined, crank up your radio and get dancing. Having a dance party in your living room for an hour will burn 215 calories.

Take a shot
Basketball is a companion friendly sport you can play at about any time during the day. Instead of calling friends over to simply watch the game, have one of your own. Just 20 minutes will get you close to 200 calories burned.

Jog around the world
Well, maybe not the world…but jogging around the neighbourhood can help get the blood flowing and burn 200 calories after 20 minutes.

Get your house in order
Cleaning, rearranging, organizing and tidying up are all ways you can burn calories and make your place look a bit better. Take about 40 minutes and you burn 200 calories.

It’s easy as that!!  Now get moving!


Sarah holds both an Undergraduate Degree in Biological Science and a Master’s Degree in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. She played on the Women's championship Basketball team during her Undergraduate studies and also played on Team Ontario, winning gold at the National Championships 3 years in a row. She won several gold medals in the 400m and 800m track events, swam competitively, played baseball, volleyball and danced for 10 years. While completing her Master’s Degree in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, Sarah worked full-time as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Spinning Instructor. Enjoying her career as a Brand Manager for a global sport nutrition and diet supplement company, she continues to train clients today through her own online training services and competes in the Bikini division.

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