What I missed most when I moved to the suburbs was the walking. Sure, it wasn’t fun when I lived in the city and had to push a double stroller during a rainstorm or carry heavy grocery bags home. But, even on days when I couldn’t make it to the gym, I got a ton of exercise. I regularly reached 16,000 steps on my FitBit without even trying.
Now, I reside in a completely suburban neighborhood, sans sidewalks, and nowhere worth walking to for miles. My kids ride school buses and I drive them to every playdate.
Within in a month of moving here, I googled “Does Living in the Suburbs Make You Fat?” and was amazed at how many search results came up.
In my 40’s, I have to work twice as hard as my city-living days to stay fit.
It got me wondering . . .
How many calories do we burn doing everyday activities?
Note: Calories below are an approximation, based on a 130-150 pound individual
1. Doing Laundry
Like you, I do loads of laundry. Usually, I sit as I fold and watch a TV show. I could burn more calories by standing but what fun is that?
55 calories per each load of laundry
On average, it takes me 30 minutes to fold, which burns about 30 calories. It takes me about another 10-minutes to put the clean clothes away, for an extra 20 calories. Plus, walking up the stairs and back down burns another 5 calories. This doesn’t sound like very much, at .17 calories for every step. Considering I do that I go up and down my stairs 10 to 20 times per day, it adds up.