Getting Fit Doesn't Have to be a Chore

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Many everyday household chores and activities are actually calorie-burning, heart-pumping ways to get fit. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, these activities will burn about 150 calories a day, or 1,000 calories a week:

  • Washing and waxing a car for 45 to 60 minutes
  • Washing windows or floors for 45 to 60 minutes
  • Gardening for 30 to 45 minutes
  • Pushing a stroller 1.5 miles for 30 minutes
  • Raking leaves for 30 minutes
  • Walking 2 miles in 30 minutes (15 minutes per mile)
  • Doing water aerobics for 30 minutes
  • Bicycling 4 miles in 15 minutes
  • Shoveling snow for 15 minutes
  • Climbing steps for 15 minutes

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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