The length of time it takes to burn 500 calories depends on the intensity of physical activity; however, Shape magazine lists five ways to burn 500 calories in 30 minutes using a combination of different exercises. Fitness Blender offers 50 different everyday activities that burn 500 calories that vary in length between 30 minutes to more than two hours.
Workouts listed by Shape include running sprints in three-minute intervals along with jogging for 30 minutes. Another workout uses stairs and weights. Running one mile along with circuit training every quarter mile can burn 500 calories in 30 minutes. Jumping rope and bicycling in different terrains can also burn 500 calories in a half hour.
Cleaning the house for two hours needs 500 calories of energy. Fitness Blender lists many other everyday activities to burn 500 calories including gardening for 90 minutes, mowing the lawn for 75 minutes, rock climbing for 40 minutes, kissing for six hours and massaging someone for two hours.
The amount of calories used for running varies depending upon someone's weight and the level of exertion. A 140-pound person running at 6 mph goes through 318 calories in 30 minutes. A 180-pound person going at the same pace burns 403 calories in same time period, according to certified personal trainer Christine Luff for About.com.