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How Many Calories Does the Average Person Burn a Day With Daily Activities?

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author image Daniel Rhodes
Based in North Wales, U.K., Daniel Rhodes has been writing since 2006. He has worked in education, using extreme/outdoor sports to treat behavioral difficulties in young people, and his articles have appeared in "Tudno Sport" and "Inside Welsh Sport." Rhodes has a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Bangor University.
How Many Calories Does the Average Person Burn a Day With Daily Activities?
Cleaning and cooking will help you burn calories on a daily basis. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Depending partially on your weight, you burn calories at different rates during all your daily activities. You even burn calories just watching television or sitting reading. If you want to lose weight, focus on activities that burn the most calories.

Sitting Reading or Watching TV

How Many Calories Does the Average Person Burn a Day With Daily Activities?
You'll still burn calories reading and watching TV. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Watching TV or sitting down reading a book will still burn calories. The important factor is the rate of calorie loss. Watching TV for 30 minutes will burn only 28 calories for a 155-pound person, Harvard Medical School calculates. Sitting reading a book, for a person of the same weight, burns 50 calories every 30 minutes.

Cooking

How Many Calories Does the Average Person Burn a Day With Daily Activities?
Creating meals burns off calories. Photo Credit ZINQ Studio/iStock/Getty Images

If you weigh 155 lbs. and spend half an hour cooking, you'll burn 93 calories. If you weigh 185 lbs. and cook for the same period of time, you'll burn 111 calories. You also burn calories when you go food shopping. With a cart, a 185-lb. person burns 155 calories every 30 minutes, or 310 calories an hour, Harvard reports.

Cleaning

How Many Calories Does the Average Person Burn a Day With Daily Activities?
Activities like cleaning and washing cars will burn even more calories. Photo Credit Cameron Whitman/iStock/Getty Images

Washing the car or cleaning the windows are other good activities for burning calories on a daily basis. If you weigh 155 lbs., you'll burn 167 calories every 30 minutes doing these. If you weigh 185 lbs., you'll burn 200 calories over the same time period, Harvard calculates.

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