How Many Calories Do I Burn in a Day While Working or Playing Outside?
Pin Me

How Many Calories Do I Burn While Doing Everday Activities?

written by: Rochelle Connery • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 5/31/2011

How many calories does a person burn in a day when they are not intentionally exercising? That’s a good question, especially since many activities burn calories when you don’t even realize it. Find out what surprising activities count as calorie burners!

  • slide 1 of 4

    Different Ways to Burn Calories

    You don’t have to jog five miles a day or lift weights for two hours to burn calories. Your body burns calories doing menial activities as well as housework and many outdoor sports. It might be harder to count calories this way, though, which is why this article will give you a good idea of how many calories are burned during such activities.

    Note that everyone’s body is different, and you’ll burn more calories if you’re a heavier or overweight individual (in most case) than if you’re a thin, fit one.

  • slide 2 of 4

    Calories Burned During Fun Activities

    How many calories do I burn in a day while doing things I enjoy? Well, for that matter, who’d have thought you could burn calories while shooting a bow and arrow? Or how about when you’re riding in the saddle letting a horse do all the work? Such activities, calm as they may seem, actually burn calories. These activities are averaged based on males and females aged 35 with a height of 5’5" and 135-140 pounds.

    • Archery: Holding the bow and arrow, adjusting your aim for a shot and standing stable enough to hit your target burns calories to the tune of about 150 calories per hour.
    • Horseback riding: Depending on whether you saddled or fed the horse around the time you rode it, you will burn anywhere from 150 to 250 calories per hour.
    • Golf: Golf is finally good for something after all! Mini golf averages about 170 to 200 calories per hour while regular golf on a driving range might burn up to 210 calories.
    • Playing an instrument: It takes work to hold that instrument, blow into it or sit at a piano and pound away at the keys. Playing a piano takes about 85 to 90 calories per hour while mouth instruments, like a flute, require lesser numbers in the 50s and 60s. Drumming, which is more strenuous, takes about 175 calories.
  • slide 3 of 4

    Calories Burned During Work

    How many calories do I burn in a day while working on projects or around the house? These figures will give you a good idea how many calories you burn during everyday chores and cleaning.

    • Farming: There are lots of types of farming and feeding involved with animals and crops. But overall, you can burn anywhere between 300 and 500 calories per hour doing moderate farm work.
    • House cleaning: Depending on whether you’re just scrubbing a sink or vacuuming your entire house, you can burn anywhere between 150 and 250 calories per hour.
    • Mowing the lawn: There’s obviously a big difference between pushing a mower manually and riding it across the yard, but you’ll burn calories either way. Riding a lawn mower burns nearly 150 calories while pushing it burns about 325 calories per hour.
More To Explore