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What are some good calorie-burning activities that aren't necessarily thought of as exercise?

Mar 24, 2014

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge

"Dancing is one activity that burns a great deal of calories that isn't necessarily thought of as exercise. It gets your heart rate up, gets rid of unneeded body fat, and helps build muscle.

"Dancing uses a wide variety of motions that engage a variety of muscles. The number of calories burned depends on what kind of dance you are doing. From hip hop to salsa to even belly dancing, they all burn a lot of calories without you even realizing that you are exercising."

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills

"Playing bocce, softball or tag with your children or grandchildren gets the heart rate up and is great family fun! Hiking is great for burning calories while enjoying the great outdoors with your family, friends or even your furry family; dogs love burning calories! And dancing is always a great fun way to burn those date night calories!"

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan

"Cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, and landscaping."

Bruce Kelly
FT Media

"I think some of the activities of daily living are a good start, especially walking. Everyone should strive for the 10,000 steps per day goal and one of those activity trackers is a good tool for measuring that walking and giving you feedback. Much like eating, most people have no idea how active they truly are daily. Those activity trackers keep you honest and on target to reach your goal."

Logan George
FT Maple Grove

"For those of us who think the word exercise only means going to the gym, think again. "Exercise" should be substituted with "active." There are countless activities you can do that you might not think are exercise, such as hiking, golfing, dancing, water activities, tennis, and even bowling is a great calorie-burning activity."


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