20 Ways to Torch 200 Calories


20 Ways to Burn 200 Calories

Do visions of schlepping away on the treadmill or giving up your social life for the gym come to mind when you think about burning calories? Think again!

These fun workouts and activities will help you burn approximately 200 calories* each. Take your pick, whether you need ideas to get started on your fitness program or get the scale moving in the right direction again.

*Calorie estimates for a 160-pound female come from SparkPeople's fitness tracker. Men--and women who weigh more--will burn more calories.


Video games like Nintendo Wii let you exercise more than your thumbs. It gets you up off the couch and sweating!
50 minutes = 200 calories burned

Hop to It

Grab a jump rope and make like a kid! Wear good cushioned shoes and use a steady hard surface.
10-15 minutes = 200 calories burned

Tee Off

Hit the links at your local golf course. Walking and pulling (or carrying) your own clubs is great exercise!
50 minutes = 210 calories burned

Lather Up

Wash your car by hand. Get out the vacuum, hose, bucket, and sponge for a detailed cleaning.
40 minutes = 216 calories burned

Fitness Buddy

Take the dog for a walk, and try to maintain a brisk (about 4 mph) pace. Fido needs exercise, too!
25 minutes = 190 calories burned

Get Served

Call up a friend for a friendly game of racquetball or tennis. This is a good opportunity to catch up while you get fit! You donít have to be a pro to have fun!
25 minutes = 218 calories burned


Get off the couch and move it for a whole new look. All that lifting, tugging, pushing, and pulling adds up.
25 minutes = 210 calories burned

Keep Climbing

Head for the Stairmaster at the gym, stadium steps at a local school, or staircase at your office to burn mega calories. Try to accumulate several minutes over the course of a day.
30 minutes = 216 calories burned

Strike Out

This is a great opportunity to do something active and fun as a family instead of camping in front of the television.
60 minutes = 200 calories burned

Spin Cycle

Do your best Lance Armstrong imitation. Get your bike out for a few trips around the block or head to your local bike trail. A 10-12 mph pace is moderate for most people, but you'll burn more calories going uphill and/or faster.
30 minutes = 210 calories

Add Color

Add a fresh coat of paint to your favorite room to burn calories while you cross off your to-do list!
40 minutes = 208 calories burned

Lawn Care

Mow the lawn the old-fashioned way. Get out your push mower and trim the edges when you're done.
40 minutes = 215 calories burned

Take the Plunge

You don't have to be Michael Phelps or Dara Torres to benefit from swimming. Alternate your strokes and you can even jog, lane walk, or tread water, too!
30 minutes = 215 calories burned

Get Organized

Clean out the garage. You've put it off for too long, and you know it needs it--so why not use it as an excuse to burn some calories!
25 minutes = 210 calories burned

Basic Training

Create your own boot camp with exercise stations such as jumping rope, pushups, jumping jacks, crunches, squat thrusts, and jogging in place. Spend 2 minutes at each station and repeat 3 times.
30 minutes = 200 calories burned


Beautify your yard. Weed the flower beds. Spread some mulch. Trim the hedges. Plant some flowers. Work in the yard for 45 minutes and love the improvements. No yard? Help an elderly person in a neighborhood; it will be good for you both!
55 minutes = 205 calories burned

Get Groovy

Turn on your favorite tunes and make your living room a dance hall. If you have a partner, great! If not, it just gives you more room to get down!
40 minutes = 216 calories burned

Shoot & Score

Friendly gatherings donít always have to be around the table! Call some friends for a quick game of half or full court basketball.
20 minutes = 192 calories burned

Tread Lightly

Hop on the treadmill (or head outdoors) for a quick jog at about a 5 mph pace.
20 minutes = 192 calories burned

Tidy Up

This one job seems to never end, but break out the broom, vacuum cleaner, and cleaning products. Make it a goal to keep moving and finish as quickly as possible to ensure your heart rate gets up!
40 minutes = 216 calories burned

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10/24/2016 10:37:24 PM

Love the ideas, especially the jump rope and stair climbing.


10/24/2016 9:20:20 PM

Just keep moving


10/24/2016 2:16:50 PM

SWEETMEL37Q's SparkPage
my boyfriend and i plan on taking up square dancing... live some these other ideas that arn't gym related.


10/24/2016 11:11:08 AM



10/24/2016 6:50:30 AM

COUPONMOMMA7719's SparkPage
Great ideas!


10/24/2016 3:49:37 AM

JOSEPHINE34's SparkPage
Fabulous ideas now let's get painting.


10/24/2016 3:21:47 AM

CJEESUN's SparkPage
I'm getting my vacuum out!


5/16/2016 8:16:47 AM

NICETY2016's SparkPage
These are great ideas and I will put several of these to use.


1/4/2016 12:09:59 AM

CHIEF001's SparkPage
I am doing the physical portion of the Beach body program seven days a week. I do not do the eating program.
I had lost 9 pounds prior to the holidays. My problem is not staying with the portion control and snacking in the evening. Can you provide me with healthy snack ideas? I have gout and I consume no beef. We eat chicken and fish. Thank you in advance for you help.


1/3/2016 10:59:53 PM

Just started jump roping and apparently I have some bladder issues - enough said. Too bad because I loved it


1/3/2016 5:16:31 PM

Dancing can make u burn up to that....


1/3/2016 4:12:02 PM

I use the wii all the time then realised burn that much in 50 minutes does that mean for all activities or do I have to concentrate on what they say I did


1/3/2016 4:08:59 PM

I use the we all the time then realised burn that much in 50 minutes does that mean for all activities or do I have to concentrate on what they say I did


1/3/2016 2:32:28 PM

200BIG's SparkPage
The SparkPeople videos allows you exercise at home when the weather is too cold.


1/3/2016 2:09:49 PM

Great ideas!

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