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Burn 1,200 calories a day doing these 7 household chores

by Madelyn Fernstrom health and nutrition editor /  / Updated 

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You might be surprised to know that you don’t need to go to the gym or bundle up for a winter power walk to stay fit. Daily activities burn calories and can add up to a personal fitness routine.

It’s important to point out that the listed calories burned per daily activity are based on an average weight of around 150 pounds. If you’re lighter, in the range of 120, then estimate about 20% fewer calories burned. The same goes for a higher weight: if you’re closer to 180 pounds, you’ll burn about 20% more calories per activity. 

So, if vacuuming burns 200 calories for the “average” 150-pound person, then the estimate for a lighter person would be roughly 160 calories, while the heavier person would be in the range of around 240 calories for the same activity.

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