Sunday, July 18, 2010

Is painting the same as running?

Let's see...I'm tired, sweaty, smelly, slightly sun-burned and ready for bed by 9:00.  Yep, painting sounds a lot like running!

So, maybe I shouldn't feel so guilty about taking a break from running, while I am consumed with summer projects around the house.  And, maybe there's no need to join an expensive gym or embark on a complicated exercise schedule when there are hundreds of chores to do right here at home.  Just be sure that when you're doing everyday tasks, you're performing them with conviction... you know, with some real vim and vigor!

Here is a list of chores and the corresponding calories you can burn by doing about 30 minutes of activity:
Making the bed:  94 calories
Washing the dishes: 144 Calories
Vacuuming: 196 Calories (How many people actually move the furniture?  I'm curious.) 
Raking the lawn: 206 Calories
Grocery shopping (and my personal favorite chore): 190 calories (Unless you're at Costco, eating samples the entire time!).

Here's my husband showing some serious vim and vigor...and no shame!

Have a great week doing whatever you do to burn calories.


  1. I ask you, how many calories are burned by laughing? This entry was hilarious! Keep 'em coming!

  2. Washing the dishes, 144 calories. Does this apply to those of us who use dishwashers! :)

  3. With all the work you've done on your house, I would say you've completed a marathon!! It looks so good! :) Btw, thanks for making me feel a little better about not being so consistant with my workouts!