Skydiving and vacuuming burn the same number of calories. So what'll it be, thrills or a clean carpet? Mary McLain/NPR hide caption itoggle caption Mary McLain/NPR Shots - Health News Sweeping Or Skydiving? When Counting Calories It's All The Same July 2, 2015 Sports can burn a lot of energy. But vacuuming the carpet burns calories, too. The question is, how much? We checked out the numbers and found surprises.