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Cooking for 40 minutes
Simply getting dinner ready burns calories. All that chopping and sautéing, plus moving around the kitchen, setting the table and serving dinner is surprisingly active.
Yoga for 20 minutes
Do some yoga outside (weather permitting), at the gym, or yoga studio. You can also pop in a yoga workout DVD or find free workouts online to get a great calorie burn without leaving your living room.
Washing the car for 20 minutes
Get your chores done, rev up your heart rate and burn calories all at once. Grab a bucket and sponge, and start scrubbing the car!
Gardening for 18 minutes
Gardening is one of the best ways to get some exercise. All the squatting and digging also works the legs and arms.
Walking the dog for 25 minutes
There is a recent study that has concluded that pet owners tend to be healthier than people that don’t have pets. So get up and walk that pup!
Dancing for 20 minutes
Grab your iPod or music player, turn on your favorite playlist and dance around.
Walking stairs for 11 minutes
Choose the stairs instead of the elevator at work and take a few extra trips upstairs at home.
Shopping for 20 minutes
What is better than combining exercise with shopping? An added bonus is that it supports our local retailers and gives you a boost of “retail therapy” too.
Power walk for 15 minutes
Grab a friend or the kids and head out for a quick power walk around the block before dinner, during your lunch break at work, or on the weekends.
Cleaning for 25 minutes
Vacuuming, making the bed and folding the clothes are household chores we do every day, and they are also great calorie burners.