10 Daily Activities to Help You Burn Calories

Let’s face it: Finding time to exercise can be difficult. But what if we said that you can burn some calories from the comfort of your own home (or yard) — and make everything around you look tidy? Behold, the power of household chores! WebMD1 and EatingWell2 share what you can do in just 30 minutes to sneak in a little extra fitness into your daily routine.

Get out your vacuum

You can burn anywhere from 99 to 166 calories from vacuuming. Play your favorite music and bust out a few dance moves to make this household chore more enjoyable.

Use a push lawn mower

You’ll get a nice workout and enjoy the fresh air by mowing your lawn. You can burn between 135 and 200 calories by mowing. Got an old-school, non-powered mower? Even better. You’ll burn an additional 30 to 40 calories during the 30-minute chunk of time.

Wash your car

Save some cash and burn some calories by washing your car. Washing your car by hand burns between 135 and 200 calories.

Change your linens

Changing your bedsheets not only freshens up your room, but can help you knock off some calories. Making and changing bed linens will shave off between 187 and 300 calories.

Play with your grandchildren

Invite the grandkids over for a play date or meet them at a local park. Teach them the classics like washers, marbles or horseshoes. You can burn between 120 and 178 calories. You’ll get rid of 30 or more extra calories if you work up a sweat. Game on!

Take Fido on a walk

Leash up your pup (or ask to borrow a friend’s) and take a stroll outside. You’ll shave off between 135 and 200 calories, and get some fresh air at the same time.

Pull out the mop

It’s time to make your floors sparkle. Mopping can eliminate between 50-100 calories, depending on the size of your home.

Scrub down the bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom might be a chore you dread, but would you like doing it better if you knew you were burning between 90 and 150 calories?

Dust your light fixtures

Look up at your lights. See dust? You’ll shed around 90 calories, if you dust off your light fixtures.


  1. “Calories Burned by Household Chores,” WebMD, last accessed January 17, 2022, https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ss/slideshow-calories-burned-by-household-chores
  2. “11 Household Chores That Actually Burn Calories, EatingWell, last accessed January 17, 2022, https://www.eatingwell.com/article/7832851/household-chores-calorie-burn/