Spring Into Physical Activity

Printed with permission from the Cooper Institute

clock April 13, 2009 06:00 by author CI Staff


In the northern hemisphere, spring is on it’s way.  Depending on location, you may have buds on trees or fully fledged foliage.  No matter where you live, spring is a great time to stretch your legs (and arms and back and abs) to burn calories and gain health benefits.  Here are common springtime activities and the amount of calories each burns if done for 30 minutes*:

  • Watering lawn or garden – 63 calories
  • Bird watching – 104 calories
  • Playing croquet – 104 calories
  • Fertilizing yard – 104 calories
  • Maypole dancing – 209 calories
  • Frisbee – 125 calories
  • Trampoline – 146 calories
  • Mopping – 146 calories
  • Golfing, no motorized cart – 146 calories
  • Scrubbing floors – 159 calories
  • Sweeping – 167 calories
  • Weeding – 167 calories
  • Badminton playing – 188 calories
  • Planting seedlings – 188 calories
  • Trimming shrubs by hand – 188 calories
  • Whitewater rafting – 209 calories
  • Laying sod – 209 calories
  • Cleaning gutters – 209 calories
  • Playing baseball (softball) – 209 calories
  • Painting – 209 calories
  • Mowing lawn (walk behind power mower) – 230 calories
  • Double tennis – 250 calories
  • Singles tennis – 334 calories

So who says that the only way to be active is to walk, jog, run, bicycle, or swim?  You can see from this list that simply moving – whether you are doing chores, working in the yard, playing a sport, or just recreating  – burns calories.

What are your favorite springtime physical activities?

 

* Based on a reference person who weighs 175 pounds.  If you weigh less than this, you would burn slightly fewer calories and if you weigh more, you’d burn more.

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