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How Many Calories Do You Burn in a Day? More Than You Realize!

Updated on March 8, 2010

How Many Calories?

How many of you out there run….I mean walk, away from exercising? Do you think strenuous exercise is what is needed to burn calories? Well, you will be glad to know that you expend calories with every activity you perform, even sitting there reading this article!

Let’s go through an example of a 24 hour day at home and see just how many calories you could burn in a day.

These calorie estimates are based on a person weighing 150 pounds. The more you weigh the greater the amount of calories you will burn.

Starting at Midnight

420 minutes - Sleeping - 1 calorie/minute - 420 calories

10 minutes - Take a shower - 4 calories/minute - 40 calories

10 minutes - Breakfast - 3 calories/minute - 30 calories

10 minutes - Wash dishes - 2 calories/minute - 20 calories

5 minutes - Brush teeth - 2 calories/minute - 10 calories

60 minutes - Housework - 3 calories/minute - 180 calories

30 minutes - Read newspaper - 1 calorie/minute - 30 calories

15 minutes - Driving to the store - 2 calories/minute - 30 calories

45 minutes - Shopping - 2 calories/minute - 90 calories

15 minutes - Drive home - 2 calories/minute - 30 calories

10 minutes - Unload the car - 3 calories/minute - 30 calories

15 minutes - Put groceries away - 3 calories/minute - 45 calories

30 minutes - Talking on phone - 1 calorie/minute - 30 calories

15 minutes - Lunch - 3 calories/minute - 45 calories

10 minutes - Wash dishes - 2 calories/minute - 20 calories

How are we doing so far?

This is a very simplistic example and so far we have expended 1,050 calories! 


60 minutes - Wash the car - 5 calories/minute - 300 calories

60 minutes - Gardening - 6 calories/minute - 360 calories

60 minutes - Reading a book - 1 calorie/minute - 60 calories

30 minutes - Walking - 2 mi/hour3 calories/minute - 90 calories

60 minutes - Working on a hub - 1 calorie/minute - 60 calorie

60 minutes - Dinner - 3 calories/minute - 180 calories

20 minutes - Dishes - 2 calories/minute - 40 calories

60 minutes - Watch the news - 1 calorie/minute - 60 calories

10 minutes - Driving - 2 calories/minute - 20 calories

120 minutes - Bowling - 3 calories/minute - 360 calories

10 minutes - Drive home - 2 calories/minute - 20 calories

90 minutes - Watch TV - 1 calorie/minute - 90 calories

20 minutes - Sex with spouse - 4 calories/minute - 80 calories

90 minutes - Sleeping - 1 calorie/minute - 90 calories

On Your Way to Losing Weight!

This afternoon and evening we expended 1,810 calories for a 24 hour total of 2860! And we have not accounted for every minute of the day so this total is probably higher.

Of course we haven’t added in the amount of calories we ate and drank in this time period. But if we had eaten sensibly, we could have been on our way to losing weight with not a whole lot of strenuous activities!

Ramp up the Calorie Burning!

If you wanted to ramp up the calorie burning here are a few other activities:

walking 3 mph expends 4 calories/minute

walking 4 mph would be 5 calories/minute

playing with the kids would be 4 calories/minute

a stationary bicycle, a stair stepper or jogging would be 7 calories/minute

walking up stairs or running 5 mph is 9 calories/minute

an elliptical or cross country skiing would be 12 calories/minute

Go Burn Some Calories!

Just keeping busy all day, along with watching your calorie intake would get you on your way to a healthier life. Adding in more exercise a little at a time is a goal everyone who is physically able should be able to accomplish.



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    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      6 years ago

      Thank you kit kat for taking the time to read my hub. And I am glad you find the information useful.

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      kit kat 

      6 years ago

      ooohh my God!!!!! its really FANTAFABULOUS info :) it stopped me from searching further about burning calories.

      i really appreciate dis.. thnx alooott :) :)

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for your comments and for reading my hub.

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      the best way to lose belly fat 

      7 years ago

      Greatest ever article and information to read,learn and it's really great!Love this post a lot.It is so useful and helpful to everyone.God bless you.Amen.

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    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Mbelly.

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      7 years ago

      Very nice hub!!! Thank

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Thanks fucsia. It certainly has elicited the most comments!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      8 years ago

      very nice hub!!! thank's...

      (Sex with spouse - 4 calories/minute ??!! wowwwwwwww.. this is a great advice to lose weight!)

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Deborah Demander! Ahh....if only I had a spouse! : )

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      If you're burning 80 calories every day, having sex with your spouse, you'll burn a lot of calories this year.

      That was a great list, and very comprehensive.


    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      No, but it's probably pretty realistic! : )

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      8 years ago from New York City

      Sex with spouse - 4 calories/minute - 80 calories ?? Doesn't look like very exciting sex :))

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      You are very welcome, De Greek! Burning calories is so much easier for me than consuming them! Hope your wife enjoys the information. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      I have just printed your hub and given it to my wife as it combines information which would need time to be compiled. You did the job for us, thank you :-)

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Thanks fishtiger58! Congratulations on your weight loss! You seem to have a lot of great activities to keep you busy.

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      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Great article and as long as you don't eat the wrong calories or eat way way more than you burn you can lose weight. I know I have lost 30 pounds.


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