Yes. We’re stuck at home indefinitely, but that doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels and become an unproductive slug. While you may not be apt to commit to a daily workout as I am (and, seriously, exercise boosts your immune system, so think about committing), other home activities can still burn calories and benefit your health.
Faraway Furniture did some research to find out which home activities are most beneficial by using Yazio’s Calories Burned Calculator. They looked into 19 activities that people are most likely to do in self-isolation and ranked them according to how many calories they eliminate per 30 minutes. Take a look at the top five.
Video Game Dancing
Got a Just Dance video game? Well, turn it on and play because men can burn 240 calories in a thirty-minute session, while women burn 209 calories.
Ándale! The traditional dance of my people can burn 217 calories for men, 189 for women (you might burn more if you do the washing machine), so long as you dance for a half hour.
Okay, a little retro, I know. But if you’re willing to give this exercise activity that was born before I was, you could discard 175 calories, if you’re a woman, for jazzing it up for 30 minutes. You’ll eliminate 200 calories if you’re a guy. (Why do dudes burn more calories than we do for the same amount of work? Unfair!)
Let’s put this in layman terms, shall we? Men who chop down trees can burn 177 calories for a half hour’s work. Women burn 154 calories. I don’t know. You would think chopping down trees would burn more than Cumbia dancing. I’m suspicious.
Ballet, Modern, or Jazz Dancing
Jazz hands, anyone? Twirl your way around the house for 30 minutes and you will get rid of 145 calories if you’re a female, 167 if you’re male.
But Not Sex
Can you believe that a half hour sesh of sex expels only 53 calories if you’re a woman and 60 if you’re a man? That’s disappointing. Of course, I prefer a marathon of sex, so find the right partner, and perhaps, you can eliminate more.
For the full study, go to the Faraway Furniture blog. Stay home, readers, and wash your hands.