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Decorating for Halloween and raking my first round of leaves today reminded me that not only is housework a real workout, but yard work is too! If you've been breaking a sweat in your backyard here's a quick calorie count...

Yard Work

Get down and dirty in the garden. Weeding, mulching, and planting mums can burn around 125 calories for a half hour and make your house look amazing.

Kick-up the burn: Squat down for those pesky weeds.

Pushing and pulling your rake is a tough shoulder workout while hauling those big tarps back to the woods can tone-up those legs and torch about 110 calories an hour.


Kick-up the burn: Instead of one big pile, make a few medium size piles all over the yard.

Skip the blower, instead sweep the porch, sidewalks, and driveways to burn around 106 calories a half hour.

Kick-up the burn: Turn up the iPod and pick up the pace to get that heart pumping.

Leave the ride-on mower in the shed and you'll burn anywhere between 150-200 calories an hour.

*Calorie count based on a 135 lb. women

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GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
Aw, this makes me wish more than ever that I had a house!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
I find doing yard work is very therapeutic for me so it's nice to know that I'm burning some calories too. However right now there are a ton of bigass spiders and webs all over the place so I'm a bit freaked out to do anything in the yard! Yesterday I went face-first through a huge web and nearly jumped out of my own skin.
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