Exercise day. I am hopping in the car to drive to Tallahassee and will be in meetings and events for the next 48 hours. There will be little time to workout unless I get up earlier than normal. That’s not gonna happen – I am in a hotel with no kids to wrestle out of bed, no lunches to pack, no 75 minute commute. Uh-uh.
So instead, I am going to count what I do anyhow. Housework.
An average 150 lb person will burn a considerable amount of calories when doing housework. Here is a list I found of ten things we do that get the body working and the number of calories burned per hour.
- General house cleaning: 246
- Cooking or food preparation: 176
- Gardening: 352
- Mowing the lawn: 387
- Clearing the table and washing dishes: 170
- Raking the yard: 281
- Sweeping floors: 224
- Walking while holding an infant: 246
- Vacuuming: 238
- Ironing: 156
Now I am not saying that I get credit for working out all weekend, although I feel like I am constantly sweeping up, holding a kid or generally cleaning house. Still, if I can vacuum a room or two before I head out-of-town, that is the equivalent of working off one piece of sheet cake that I may or may not have had last night at my Junior League meeting.
So…I have to go clean something.