Next time you think of going to the gym, consider tackling that home improvement project you've been putting off instead. You could burn almost as many calories as you would on the treadmill -- and fix up your home, to boot.
For the past couple of months, I've been patching walls, sanding floors, painting, caulking, restoring old windows, not to mention disassembling, moving and reassembling various pieces of furniture. In the chaos, I haven't been able to get to my scale for a month -- or even find it!
When I finally dug it out from where it was buried under mounds of clothing (did I mention the closet renovation?), I had a pleasant surprise: I'd lost the 5 pounds I'd been trying to drop for the past year.
Remembering the sweat I worked up swabbing polyurethane over the bedroom floor, I did a little research into calories burned for various DIY activities.
The amount of calories you can burn doing the following home improvements is comparable to what you burn after an hour of Pilates (238), on a stationary bike (476), or playing soccer (more than 500 calories per hour). Plus, you're beautifying your home in the process!
DIY Activities and Calories Burned Per Hour
SAWING HARDWOOD (by hand): 510
CARRYING LUMBER: 340
CLEANING GUTTERS: 340
CAULKING WINDOWS AND DOORS: 306
SANDING FLOORS: 306
LAYING TILE: 306
PLANTING TREES: 306
HANGING DRYWALL: 204
INTERIOR PAINTING: 204
GENERAL CARPENTRY: 204
HANGING WALLPAPER: 204
EXTERIOR PAINTING: 340
FINISHING OR REFINISHING FURNITURE: 306
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