Indoor activities that burn the most calories

Indoor activities that burn the most calories

You don’t need to sweating through vigorous at-home exercises to burn calories. Some of the everyday activities you’re doing in self-isolation may still be helping you stay active. 

Even if you are managing a daily workout during isolation, chances are that your NEAT is far lower than usual.

NEAT stands for ‘non-exercise activity thermogenesis’ and it refers to energy expended when you’re not sleeping, eating or exercising.

Ways you typically boost your NEAT might include walking around the shopping centre, hiking with your mates or playing with your kids at the park.

Sadly, these are off the cards for now, but there are some activities you can do at home that will boost your NEAT and burn extra calories.

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It doesn’t look like we’ll be going out dancing any time soon so why not bring the dance party to you? My youngest daughter Willow, loves to have a boogie so we put on her favourite tunes and dance together.

This is a good way to get your kids active and keep them entertained. It’s also a great way to embarrass teenagers.


I can definitely say that with the whole family spending all our time at home together, there has been a lot more mess and therefore a lot more cleaning going on. Scrubbing the bathroom floor, vacuuming, mopping and picking up toys from every corner of the house can burn a lot of energy and rack up plenty of steps.

Plus, anyone who has changed their bed linen on their own will know that this is a workout in itself.


I’m definitely not a green thumb but I do know that raking, weeding, pulling and planting can work up a serious sweat. Why not use your lockdown time to plant your own herbs or a veggie garden?

Video Games

I’m not talking about your standard Playstation or Xbox games. I’m referring to active video games like Wii Fit, Wii Sports and Just Dance.

These all get your heart rate up and are a fun way for both kids and adults to pass time and burn calories.

Home Workouts

All the above activities burn calories but nothing will beat home workouts. They’re quick, convenient, effective and you don’t even have to wear pants.

Tune into body+soul’s LIVE @ home workouts. Find out more information here.

Sam Wood is the founder of 28 by Sam Wood.

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