Sometimes we wish we could just snap our fingers and magically whisk away the calories of that arvo Tim Tam (x 3) without working up a sweat.

But what you don’t realise is that you’re probably already doing it!

Here are a bunch of easy-as activities that works to burn calories with very minimal effort.

Have you jumped on a trampoline as an adult? It is exhausting work. But also ridiculously fun! Trampolining places have popped up everywhere, so bring a mate along and have some bouncy fun.


It’s time you give your garden some green-thumb love. Pulling out weeds, raking up leaves, digging, planting, and mowing can get rid of 300 extra calories in just 40 minutes.

Urgh, we know, cleaning is a drag. But doing the household chores for an hour is a speedy way to burn off a few hundred calories. And think how accomplished you feel when your carpet is freshly vacuumed!

If you’ve DIY redecorating planned this weekend, you’ll feel good knowing it’s doing a little toning work to your bod!

Bike rides
It’s getting a little warmer outside, so what better way to enjoy the fresh air than by cruising around in a bike! Cycling to and from work is a great option too.

You’re home alone, the tunes are playing loud and Drake’s One Dance just came on. So what are you gonna do? You’re going to own the lounge room like it’s your own personal dancefloor, that’s what. So go on, shake it off!


Washing the car
Okay yes, getting into those hubcaps with a soapy sponge requires a little bit of effort but it’s worth it when you can boot extra calories to the curb (and your car looks squeaky clean too!)

Embrace your inner eight-year-old and put on some skates. You’ll be having too much to notice you’re actually working out!

Standing up
FACT: You burn calories literally just standing up. So offer up your seat on the bus or train, go for lunchtime strolls, or get standing tickets to a gig or show.

It’s a no-brainer that stretching is great for you but with the amount of energy your muscles use in the whole process, it’s a calorie burner too! Try doing 30-minute stretches twice a day and you’re on your way to achieving that lean, toned bod.


Sure, it’s the lowest of all low intensity activities, but it still makes a difference. Win!

Watching scary movies
A few episodes of Stranger Things is sure to get you on the edge of your seat and tensing for spooky scenes. Burning calories while we watch our favourite show? Sounds too good to be true!