Pick Up a Hammer, Burn Calories
You don’t always have to pump iron at the gym to lose a few pounds. You may be surprised to discover that performing certain tasks, like home repairs and woodworking projects, burn a significant number of calories if you do them for long enough. Think about it: during a weekend of heavy work around the house, you’re sweating, straining, lifting, carrying and bending. Your body uses a significant amount of energy to do all that, almost as much—and sometimes even more—than some work out routines, like walking and jogging. Everyone wishes they could squeeze more exercise in their daily routines, but it can be hard to find the time in your already crammed schedule. Here are several examples of tasks and projects you can do (or have probably already done) that burn lots of calories to help you drop a bit of extra weight.
Calories burned are calculated based on an hours worth of work.
Hand-Sawing Wood: 414 Calories Sure, it can be a pain to saw lumber by hand. It’s slower than using a power saw, and by the time you are finished sawing a load of wood, your arm is ready to fall off. But that can be a good thing. Your sore arm had a pretty hard work out. So forget about arm curls with dumbbells, just hand-saw a pile of wood.
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Carrying Lumber: 340 Calories Spending an afternoon hauling around lumber may not sound appealing, but look at how many calories you can burn after just an hour of carrying lumber for whatever project involving wood you have planned.
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Cleaning Gutters: 360 Calories No one really loves to climb up a ladder to unclog the gutters around their house. It’s messy, tiring and you always wonder how half of the stuff you removed got there in the first place. But it burns almost as many calories as 45 minutes of jogging.
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Laying Sod: 340 Calories The thought of laboring outdoors under a hot sun, laying sod in the yard isn’t an appealing one for most people. But at 340 calories burned after an hour of laying sod, you will have finished your yard work and gotten a pretty good workout as well. Not bad for a day’s work.
Sanding Floors (with a power sander): 306 Calories Don’t worry, you don’t have to manually sand on your hands and knees with a piece of sanding paper to get a good work out. An hour of power sanding burns as many calories as almost a half-hour of playing full-court basketball.
Tiling: 306 Calories Knowing that an hour of tiling burns 306 calories should be enough to get you to re-tile your bathroom or kitchen. A few hours of laying tile and you’ve already burned as many calories as a solid work-out session at the gym.
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Indoor Painting: 204 Calories You know you need to re-paint the basement or living room or bathroom or whatever…you just don’t want to. Understandable—who is ever in the mood to haul heavy paint cans and get paint all over them? But an hour of painting is a great way to use up calories. And it gives your arms a nice work out with all the rolling and reaching that painting entails.
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Outdoor Painting: 342 Calories A little more intense than indoor painting, but you also burn many more calories. It may sound like a pain to have to carry everything, climb up and down the ladder, cover every spot on the outside of your house in paint, but the caloric payoff is worthwhile.
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Cabinetry Work: 306 Calories Take this as the perfect opportunity to replace all those old cabinets in the kitchen. After just an hour of working, you will be well on your way to updating the look of your kitchen and have burned the same number of calories as you would mountain biking for 35 minutes.
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Workshop Carpentry: 252 Calories Great news if you are a woodworking hobbyist: calorically speaking, an hour spent in your workshop amounts to about 40 minutes of power walking.
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Laying/Removing Carpet: 306 Calories Now you have a good reason to rip out the old dingy carpet in your house: it’s good exercise! A solid day of removing, then laying new carpet not only improves your home, but also your body.
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So go ahead, finally start that to-do list of around-the-house projects, and kill two birds with one stone: update your home while dropping a few pounds. Need the right hand tools or power tools to start a project? Visit ToolBarn.com.
By Sarah Smith