How to Burn 500 Calories While Having Fun

Woman Doing Yoga

If you have decided to shed unwanted pounds and don't plan to purchase a gym membership, how can you account for time spent doing things each day? Does how hard you work each day count?

Unfortunately just because you are exhausted at the end of the day, doesn't mean that you've burned a lot of calories. Using your mind does account for a small of amount of energy expenditure but most of us don't really have physically demanding jobs like our ancestors. In fact, it is hard for an office worker to muster the discipline to actually burn more calories than they might consume at their desk during a normal workday. If you do have a very physical job and have weight issues, you may want to seek the advice of your healthcare provider as there may be other medical factors affecting your metabolism.

You may have heard of a rule of thumb that says it takes a 500 calorie burn every day to lose a pound per week. Not a bad rule but it isn't always true. It is based on a 150 pound woman that has some fat to burn. The good news is that those of us with a good fat reserve and no extenuating medical issues can probably count on dropping that pound of fat (with water weight). So although it isn't a perfect rule, it is useful for selecting physical activities around the house that support your weight loss efforts.

Here are some ideas from for burning 500 calories in two hours: 2 hours of Yoga will burn about 500 calories as will the same amount of Pilates; 2 hours of standing up to play the guitar or belly dancing can be an entertaining way of burning 500 calories; giving someone else a 2-hour massage will work as will playing with kids or tossing a Frisbee around the yard for a couple of hours.

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