Surprising ways to burn calories

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Run, bike, swim or climb. Take a CrossFit class, a SoulCycle session or a 90-minute yoga power practice. These physical activities burn calories. Lots of them, too, depending on how hard you push yourself and how intense you allow the workout to be. Exercising to lose weight or maintain a certain fitness level isn't news, of course. What may be surprising is how many of our daily (non-fitness focused) activities can rack up the calorie burn. Instead of dreading your family's big weekly grocery shop, think of it as a calorie-burning workout (200 in over an hour) and realize that really, you're killing two birds with one stone.

We're not suggesting you give up your gym membership, but it's fun to note that many of the things we do regularly as part of our daily routines have the power to get our heart rates up and our metabolisms going.

We've rounded up a list of unusual calorie-burning activities that burn anywhere from 50 calories in a sitting (yes, you read that right: some of what we found doesn't even require getting off your butt!) to 500 calories in over an hour of activity that is still decidedly not exercise.

Click through the slideshow above for nine intriguing calorie burns that you'll want to add to your weekly to-do list stat!

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