If ‘decorate the house’ came second after ‘get fit’ on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you might be surprised to discover you can actually tick both off at the same time.
Home services marketplace, Plentific.com has found out how many calories you burn when doing a variety of home improvement tasks.
Plentific’s Stephen Jury says: “People often forget how much hard work goes into DIY; whether you are painting the walls or assembling furniture, it can require a considerable amount of energy. If you’re looking to get fitter this year and are interested in updating your home, why not kill two birds with one stone?”
Here’s the website’s guide to calorie-burning DIY tasks. (But if it seems too much like hard work, you can always call the professionals in.)
Painting a room: Burns 306 calories per hour
Painting a room may appear to be a relaxing and serene task. It’s only when you’ve moved all of the furniture out of the way and are covered in splatterings of paint that you realise this wasn’t as easy as you thought.
On average, painting the walls burns over 1,200 calories in 4 hours, and this excludes the energy needed for moving the decor and furniture out of the room. That’s the equivalent of two Big Macs or more than five Mars Bars. No wonder our joints ache so much the following day!
Moving furniture: Burns 408 calories per hour
If you’ve found a new home this year and are looking to improve your fitness, consider moving some of the furniture yourself. Just an hour of moving furniture burns an average of 408 calories, which in terms of exerted energy, is similar to playing 50 minutes of tennis.
Do be sure to hire extra help for those larger, heavier objects if needed, however. Even most removal companies won’t touch a grand piano unless they have the equipment to do it safely.
Carrying heavy loads (like bricks): Burns 543 calories per hour
With any large-scale renovation comes substantial heavy lifting. Tradesmen often carry around heavy loads for hours at a time to get the necessary supplies on site.
Materials such as bricks, sand, cement and even wood can weigh an immense amount. You should always consider your limits as well as your method when carrying heavy loads. However, if carried out safely and correctly, it can burn over 500 calories an hour.
Carpentry: Burns 237 calories per hour
Carpentry is a useful skill to have around the home. However, if you choose to hire a tradesman, it’s easy to overlook the energy needed for their work. Whether it’s building a new stairway or repairing the kitchen cabinets, carpenters are constantly exerting energy for their projects.
In general, carpentry burns over 200 calories in just one hour of work, meaning a carpenter working an eight-hour day will have burnt 1,900 calories by the time they finish. That’s just under the recommended daily calorie intake for a woman.
Cleaning: Burns 171 calories per hour
Even a little light cleaning could contribute to your resolution. In only 60 minutes, you will burn just shy of 200 calories, and that’s for light jobs such as dusting or hanging clothes.
If you add in activities that involve a little more vigour, such as vacuuming or washing the car, you can burn even more and give the house an early spring clean at the same time. For a more intense workout, why not give your property a top-to-toe clearout?
Plumbing: Burns 237 calories per hour
Even plumbing burns more calories than meets the eye. Of course, the size and type of project affects the calories burned. However, whether pipes need installing, a toilet needs unblocking or a simple leak needs stopping, on average, plumbing burns over 200 calories an hour. This means plumbing for a full working day will burn just under 1,900 calories.
Sweeping: Burns 269 calories per hour
Be it collecting dust within the house, or brushing away the autumn leaves on the patio, sweeping is a quick and simple method to burn off those unwanted calories. Just 30 minutes of sweeping will burn an average of 135 calories, that’s almost a can of coke.
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