I am going to go over the amount of calories you can burn doing daily activities around your house.  Keep in mind the actual amount of calories you burn varies based on how much you weigh and how hard you are working.  The more you weigh, the more calories you burn during weight bearing activities.  All of these values are based on doing the activity for one hour and are also based on a 150 pound person.   If you want to look at how many calories your favorite (or not so favorite) chores, sports, or activities burn, check out this website:

  • Mowing the lawn while walking with a push mower: 408 cal/hour
  • Mowing the lawn while walking with a power  mower: 374 cal/hour
  • Raking: 292 cal/hour
  • Mopping  floors: 238 cal/hour
  • Sweeping sidewalks: 272 cal/hour
  • Scrubbing the bathrooms: 258 cal/hour
  • Weeding/cultivating a garden: 306 cal/hour
  • Ironing: 156 cal/hour
  • Painting: 306 cal/hour
  • Vacuuming: 238 cal/hour
  • Washing Dishes: 156 cal/hour

And for those of you still reading…. Kissing: 68 calories/hour… disappointing, but true!

For this week’s fit tip get outside and do some lawn work.  This can even be better than 30 minutes on the treadmill.  Chances are after a day of lawn work you will be sore too!  It will force you to use muscles that we forget we have and also those we don’t target at the gym.

Sophie Pratola


Personally Trained By Sophie