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Feb 29, 2008
Feeling stuck at home and unable to get out to the gym? Don't worry: There are still lots of ways to get your exercise right around the house and burn some calories.

While you won't be 'exercising' in the traditional sense, performing typical household chores will nonetheless help you burn lots of calories.

Do you crave a little sunshine in your day? Then go burn some calories by caring for the lawn. Mowing the grass, pulling weeds, tending the garden are all great ways to get out in the sun and move around, thus burning calories at the same time.

Another calorie burning activity is to organise your drawers and wardrobes. Take out all the clothes you don't wear anymore, try them on, bag them up and send them to a charity shop. You won't burn a huge amount of calories doing this, but it sure beats slouching in front of the television and not doing any activity at all.

And hey, while you're sorting, you can always consider organizing a yard sale. Comb through the house and garage and find all of those things that nobody ever uses. Have a dozen or so boxes on hand and organize them accordingly into these boxes. Post signs around the neighborhood advertising the sale. There are lots of ways that hosting a yard sale can burn calories - and you'll also make money in the process!

Anyone with kids knows that there are lots of ways to burn calories with them. Just a trip to the park is one way, but rather than going and sitting on the bench while they plan, join in the fun. Play ball with them or climb the bars or ride the teeter-totter. This will be great fun for the whole family, while being healthy as well.

Don't have kids? Get a dog! Walking the family pet to the park is a great way of burning calories without even realizing you're doing it. Or play fetch with him. Or just run and have him chase you. Your dog will love you for it.

Meanwhile, back in the house, some people burn calories just by redecorating a room or rooms in the home. Redecorating involves a lot of lifting moving round furniture, as well as sweeping and dusting and nailing things to the wall. And let's not forget painting. Using those rollers not only burns calories, but builds muscle as well!

Anything that you do normally around the house can be turned into a calorie burning activity; just remember to put a little more effort in the things you do and get your heart pumping. When your heart is pumping fast and hard you know you are getting a good workout!
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