Burning Calories Around the Clock

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No Matter What, We Are Always Burning Calories!

Every day activities – even those that do not seem like real activity – do burn calories! As you can see in the chart below, even our sleep is burning calories.

As you can also see in the chart, bed rest burns very little more than sleep or even sitting quietly.  Burning calories while reading is also the same. This surprised me. I would have thought that the brain activity involved in reading would up the calorie burning a bit. I guess we should read for a half-hour or so on a treadmill to up that ante!

And who would think? While we are eating food, we burn more calories than while we are just sitting!

Here is a chart with the average calories burned per minute and per hour for things we all do every day. Things that are essential to being alive. This chart has nothing to do with working out or dieting. Just the little things we do every single day of our lives. But little bits can add up, too! Not as fast or as much, but it is interesting to know. Perhaps you will be inspired to get up and tackle a household chore here and there. You will get a bit of calorie burning and the satisfaction of completing a chore!

Burning Calories Chart
Calories Burned in Daily Activities

Activities Covered in the Chart

  • Sleeping
  • Bed rest
  • Sitting quietly
  • Sitting, reading
  • Sitting, eating
  • Standing
  • Conversing
  • Sitting, writing
  • Standing, light
  • Driving car
  • Walking indoors
  • Showering
  • Walking outdoors
  • Jogging (5 mph)

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Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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