One thing that sticks in my memory from last week's session at the "Drop 10 in 10" weight-management class is that many household chores do double duty as solid, calorie-burning exercises.
I checked online for more specifics and here's what I learned:
The website for Fitness Magazine reports that mopping floors works your shoulders and biceps and burns 112 calories in 30 minutes.
Painting uses muscles in your arms and your core - which includes the belly and the mid and lower back. It can burn 288 calories in 60 minutes
Gardening works your arms, legs and back and can burn 256 calories in 60 minutes.
Cleaning your home's gutters uses muscles in your shoulders, upper back, arms and legs and can burn 320 calories in an hour.
Livestrong.com states that gutter cleaning is a vigorous activity, as is shoveling snow and using a push mower to cut the grass.
But, even "light" activities such as dusting and cooking can burn calories. The exact number burned depends on your level of exertion and your weight.
This type of in-house workout can be ideal for people who are leery of or can't afford gym memberships or who prefer not to exercise in a group setting. Plus, your house will be spotless.
Lock is the health editor and may be reached at email@example.com or 326-1551, ext. 3116.