Guest post today that offers general good health advice.  (::sigh:: I miss living in a walking city.) 

If you do not have time to get to the gym on a daily basis, as many busy individuals do not, this doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to workout, burn calories, and feel good, even without getting to the gym. These 5 everyday activities are not only things you probably do on a daily basis, some of them are things that come as a second nature to you, so you won’t even feel like you are getting in a workout.

1. Walking

If you can walk, do so. Get off the bus a few stops early and walk the rest of the way to work, or take a lap around the office building at lunch, all of these mean calorie burn will add up quickly. If you can add a step in, do so. Not only are you going to notice more energy in doing this, it can quickly add up to more steps and more calories than you thought possible, with just a few extra steps here and there.

  • Calories burned per 1 hour: ~204

2. Cleaning Your Home

You can kick up the intensity of house cleaning, and get in a mini workout in doing so. Cleaning is going to help you burn on its own, but if you go at a higher level pace when vacuuming, or add in squats (rather than bending at the hip) to pick things up, you will burn more calories, and also add to your step count.


  • Calories burned per 1 hour: ~150

3. Shopping

If you enjoy the activity, do it. At malls, and even grocery stores, you can easily take more than 5000 steps if you shop at super centers. Doing this will not only be enjoyable to you, it is also going to help you get in exercise while doing something you (may) enjoy. If you can go at a quicker pace, and power walk, even better.

  • Calories burned per 1 hour: ~120

4. Dancing

Whether you add music in when cleaning the house, or take a short break and turn up your favorite songs, dancing is one of the best cardiovascular workouts, and will get you sweating and burning calories quickly. Simply increasing body temperature, and moving will burn calories, so add in some dance steps for a few minutes each day.

  • Ballroom dancing: ~170
  • Hip-Hop: ~500

5. Climbing

If you see a set of stairs, climb them. Although it is going to take more energy, you can usually get up to your floor quicker, plus you are going to burn quite a few calories by simply climbing up and down flights of stairs, rather than waiting for the elevator. You can also take a mini walk and go climbing up a hill or steep streets during the lunch break to burn a few calories.

  • Calories burned per 1 hour: ~400

There are many things you do each day, that burn more than you think they do. Adding in these activities, or modifying them, will help you burn quite a bit, and see great results, even if you can’t hit the gym each day.

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David is a healthcare expert and contributes to, which is a site discussing useful tips on natural health and skin care.