With today's hectic and busy lifestyles, it can be hard to find time to dedicate to a fitness routine. As a fitness expert and mother of three, Andrea Metcalf quickly learned how to fit exercise in her demanding schedule. As she shows us below, you can burn calories doing simple, everyday activities.

Andrea Metcalf is a nationally recognized fitness expert and a popular media personality.  In the last decade, Andrea had appeared as a contributor for several national publications including MORE, Self, Shape, and NBC’s “The Today Show.”  For more than 25 years Andrea has inspired people from all walks of life to feel better and move.

As a mother of three, Andrea's passions for healthy living and her unique ability to multitask inspires mothers and other individuals with a unique desire for fitness and a healthy lifestyle.  In 2002, she fulfilled a dream of owning her own studio and opened mbc Fitness, where she continues to train news anchors, professional athletes and specialize in “Boomer” fitness. These are the stories of real men and women who, despite their busy lives, find time each day to ensure their health.

Andrea has created these do-at-home exercises for easy, effective everyday workouts.

Have an extra 3 minutes? Have Andrea demonstrate exercises you can do right now, right at home.  Click on the videos to the right to get started!


Burning calories can be easier than you think. Here are 50 everyday activities that will erase 100 calories. You may be surprised at how many you’re already burning!

Activity Duration (minutes) Calories Burned
     
raking lawn 20 100
mowing lawn: push, hand mower 14 100
snow blower: walking 20 100
chopping and splitting wood 14 100
gardening: general 21 100
shoveling snow with shovel 14 100
sweeping with broom 22 100
cleaning house general 30 100
cooking and food preparation 36 100
ironing clothes 45 100
moving furniture 14 100
sleeping 1 hour 40 min 100
reading sitting 1 hour 40 min 100
vacuuming 26 100
playing with your kids vigorously 22 100
making beds 50 100
standing filing light office work 45 100
fighting fires 7 100
horse grooming 14 100
walking 3 mph 26 100
walking 4 mph 18 100
walking 5 mph 11 100
tennis general play 13 100
swimming freestyle 50 yds/min 11 100
beach volleyball 11 100
swimming breaststroke 8 100
tennis doubles play 17 100
water skiing 16 100
water volleyball 28 100
snow shoeing 12 100
soccer competitive play 8 100
snorkeling 18 100
body surfing 32 100
sky diving 25 100
ping pong 24 100
skateboarding 19 100
High Intensity aerobics 8 100
racquetball 12 100
jumping rope fast 10 100
bootcamp - strength and cardio circuits 10 100
spinning class 10 100
golf carry clubs 18 100
hiking 18 100
rollerblading 13 100
ice skating 14 100
downhill skiing 17 100
cross country skiing 12 100
sitting quietly being happy 1 hour 50 minutes 100
carrying the groceries up the stairs 13 100