Fitness How to Burn 100 Calories: 10 Ways to Move More Now By Malia Frey, M.A., ACE-CHC, CPT Malia Frey, M.A., ACE-CHC, CPT Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Malia Frey is a weight loss expert, certified health coach, weight management specialist, personal trainer, and fitness nutrition specialist. Learn about our editorial process Updated on October 05, 2022 Fact checked Verywell Fit content is rigorously reviewed by a team of qualified and experienced fact checkers. Fact checkers review articles for factual accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. We rely on the most current and reputable sources, which are cited in the text and listed at the bottom of each article. Content is fact checked after it has been edited and before publication. Learn more. by Shereen Lehman, MS Fact checked by Shereen Lehman, MS Shereen Lehman, MS, is a former writer for Verywell Fit and Reuters Health. She's a healthcare journalist who writes about healthy eating and offers evidence-based advice for regular people. Learn about our editorial process Print While gyms and fitness studios are excellent venues to get your sweat on, there are a variety of activities you can do that don't require joining a fitness facility and still help you accomplish exercise goals. In fact, some of the best ways to burn calories are done outside the gym, so you can do them at home, while at work, or traveling. How to Burn 100 Calories Below you will find out more about how to burn 100 calories including: Climb stairs for 10 minutesDo yoga for 30 minutesWalk for 30 minutesDo your work standing rather than sittingJump rope for 7 minutesDance for 30 minutesDo rigorous chores for 30 minutesHike for 15 minutesRun a 10-minute mileGarden for 25 minutes Verywell / Ryan Kelly The activities you choose may vary based on how much time you have available, what you feel your body needs that particular day, the weather, and so on. There are no right or wrong choices here. Just several options for achieving the same goal: to get moving. The exact amount of calories your body will use doing these activities depends on your weight, sex, age, body composition, and more. Therefore, this rate is different or everyone. For simplicity's sake, the calorie counts used in this article are for a 150-pound woman. You can calculate your individual calorie burn rate for a more precise number. 1 Climb Stairs JGI/Jamie Grill Blend Images / Getty Images There's almost always a staircase nearby at work, at home, or even in a hotel when you're traveling. Walk the stairs for just ten minutes to burn 100 calories. It is also correlated with a reduction in disease. You'll build strong legs as well. Climbing stairs help to shape the muscles in your lower body. Walking downstairs provides benefits, too! 2 Stretch and Relax Hero Images / Hero Images / Getty Images If you stretch and relax or do an easy yoga workout for 30 minutes, you'll burn about 100 calories. In addition, you help to increase the range of motion in your joints, decrease stress, and it may improve the quality of your sleep. Stretching for Weight Loss 3 Walk and Talk Wilson Lau / Getty Images When you can, take your phone calls on the go. You can even walk during business calls simply by pacing around your office. Do this during two 15-minute phone calls a day for a 100-calorie burn. Wear a fitness tracker to see how far you can go. 4 Stand Up Klaus Vedfelt / Taxi / Getty Images You burn about 10 extra calories for every 10 minutes you stand rather than sit at the office. And the good news is that you don't need a standing desk to take advantage of the benefit. Ask co-workers if you can hold meetings at a standing location instead of in the conference room. Better yet, take the meeting on the road and solve workplace problems while you walk. You can also stand more at home, like when watching TV or reading. It all adds up! Office Workout Moves You Can Do Right at Your Desk 5 Jump Rope Thinkstock / Stockbyte / Getty Images If you have a reason to burn calories fast, jump rope. You only need to jump for seven minutes to blast away 100 calories. You'll also improve coordination and build strength in your lower legs at the same time. Can't jump for a solid seven minutes? Work your way up to it. Keep a jump rope handy at your house so you can do it in your living room, on your driveway, or in your yard—anywhere you have enough space. Keep one in your car so you can jump rope at the park. 6 Get Active Dan Dalton / The Image Bank / Getty Images If you're at home with your family or hanging out with friends, have an impromptu dance party. Thirty minutes of casual dancing burns about 165 calories. Playing more active games with kids or grandkids can also burn calories. Try hula hooping, hide-and-seek, or passing a balloon or beach ball without letting it touch the ground. 7 Tidy Up Paul Bradbury / Caiaimage / Getty Images Got a house to clean? Believe it or not, housework can be an effective exercise session. Standard housecleaning burns about 100 calories in 30 minutes. Need to burn a few more? Change up your chores to burn more calories when you clean. Simple tasks like vacuuming and dusting can be modified into exercises that build strength. 8 Take a Hike Cultura RM Exclusive / Matelly Cultura Exclusive / Getty Images Who needs an excuse to get outdoors? Lace up your hiking boots and head for the hills to burn 100 calories in just 15 minutes. Hiking burns more calories than walking because of the difference in terrain. When you hike up a hill or on unstable trails, your leg muscles have to work harder to move you forward and your core muscles have to work harder to keep you stabilized. The result? More calories burned. If you don't have a trail nearby, walking briskly for 20 minutes will burn 100 calories too. 9 Run Blend Images - Erik Isakson / Brand X Pictures / Getty Images The simplest way to burn 100 calories fast is to run. And you don't have to be a marathoner or sprinter to blast away fat. Run one 10-minute mile to burn 100 calories. If you're not ready to run for a full mile, try run/walk intervals to build stamina while burning fat. 10 Garden Cultura RM / Matelly Cultura / Getty Images Got a green thumb? Put it to work for you! Gardening burns about 100 calories for every 25 minutes that you spend digging, weeding, and planting. The added bonus is that you enjoy the outdoors while you create a beautiful garden and maybe even grow a few healthy vegetables. A Word From Verywell Keep a 100-calorie workout jar on your kitchen counter or your desk at work. Keep these and other easy workout ideas on slips of paper in the jar. 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