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Spring Into Action!

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

It’s official… Spring has sprung! Everyone in the neighborhood knows where to find my family this time of year – outdoors! I’m so excited to welcome the green grass, beautiful blooms, and warmer weather. It’s a great time to stretch your legs (and arms and back and abs) to burn calories and increase health benefits. An earlier post springs to mind as I begin my household chore list – it reveals various springtime activities and the amount of calories each burns if done for 30 minutes*. Check out the list below:

  • Watering lawn or garden – 63 calories
  • Bird watching – 104 calories
  • Playing croquet – 104 calories
  • Fertilizing yard – 104 calories
  • Maypole dancing – 209 calories
  • Frisbee – 125 calories
  • Trampoline – 146 calories
  • Mopping – 146 calories
  • Golfing, no motorized cart – 146 calories
  • Scrubbing floors – 159 calories
  • Sweeping – 167 calories
  • Weeding – 167 calories
  • Badminton playing – 188 calories
  • Planting seedlings – 188 calories
  • Trimming shrubs by hand – 188 calories
  • Whitewater rafting – 209 calories
  • Laying sod – 209 calories
  • Cleaning gutters – 209 calories
  • Playing baseball (softball) – 209 calories
  • Painting – 209 calories
  • Mowing lawn (walk behind power mower) – 230 calories
  • Doubles tennis – 250 calories
  • Singles tennis – 334 calories
So who says that the only way to be active is to walk, jog, run, bicycle, or swim?  You can see from this list that simply moving – whether you are doing chores, working in the yard, or playing a sport – burns calories.

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* Based on a reference person who weighs 175 pounds.  If you weigh less than this, you would burn slightly fewer calories and if you weigh more, you’d burn more.