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How Fall Chores Can Make you Healthier

How Fall Chores Can Make you Healthier

Fall is a season of annual chores that many of us put off as long as possible. From raking, to splitting firewood, to cleaning the house for the holidays, these tasks need to get done. Many of these fall chores are physically exhausting. But, depending on your health, they can also be a great form of exercise and calorie burners.

Here are some healthy reasons why fall chores should be looked out differently:

Raking Leaves — on average burns 283 calories per hour.
Whether you have to rake leaves or grass clippings from you lawn, this chore is exactly that — a chore. However, raking is a great aerobic exercise that uses upper body strength and back muscles.

Splitting & Chopping Firewood: 400-500 calories per hour
This activity is very physical and works almost every muscle of your body. From squatting to get the wood, to stacking and chopping, you are working various groups and getting a good aerobic workout. Be sure to take precautions (safety) wear gloves and take breaks.

Fall Gardening: 200 -250 calories per hour
In some areas, gardening is still growing strong. In others, fall gardening chores might include cleaning out the garden for next year. Pulling out plants, weeds, as well as planting spring bulbs all burn calories and exercise your body.

Snow Shoveling: 350-400 calories per hour
Fall is the time when some of us start seeing snowflakes and some accumulation. Shoveling isn’t very fun and can be very tiring, but think of the intense workout you’re getting. Be sure to lift the proper way (bend at the knees) so not to hurt your back.

Cleaning the House: 200-230 calories per hour
Forget spring cleaning, there are many holidays in the fall that require some cleaning for guests, decorations and more.  There are various levels of housecleaning, but for purposes here we’re talking moderate cleaning of many different household tasks. (Put some music on in the background and you might make this cleaning workout a bit more effective.)

*Calories burned based on an average 145-pound person.

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