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How Many Calories Does the Average Person Burn a Day With Daily Activities?

By Daniel Rhodes ; Updated July 18, 2017

Depending partially on your weight, you burn calories at different rates during all your daily activities. You even burn calories just watching television or sitting reading. If you want to lose weight, focus on activities that burn the most calories.

Sitting Reading or Watching TV

Watching TV or sitting down reading a book will still burn calories. The important factor is the rate of calorie loss. Watching TV for 30 minutes will burn only 28 calories for a 155-pound person, Harvard Medical School calculates. Sitting reading a book, for a person of the same weight, burns 50 calories every 30 minutes.


If you weigh 155 lbs. and spend half an hour cooking, you'll burn 93 calories. If you weigh 185 lbs. and cook for the same period of time, you'll burn 111 calories. You also burn calories when you go food shopping. With a cart, a 185-lb. person burns 155 calories every 30 minutes, or 310 calories an hour, Harvard reports.


Washing the car or cleaning the windows are other good activities for burning calories on a daily basis. If you weigh 155 lbs., you'll burn 167 calories every 30 minutes doing these. If you weigh 185 lbs., you'll burn 200 calories over the same time period, Harvard calculates.

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