It was another beautiful day outside so I spent a couple of hours playing around the yard and raking leaves. When I finally came in, I was winded, dirty and my back ached. I sat down in my chair for a few moments to gather the strength to shower. As I sat there, I thought smugly back to the raking I had done and decided I had certainly burned up some calories. How many I wondered? So I did a little research, and I mean little because I was so disappointed.
According to Livestrong.com, you need to burn about 3,500 calories to burn off 1 pound ….. so 35,000 (!!!) to burn 10 pounds. Livestrong quoted Harvard Health as saying a 125 pound person raking the yard for 30 minutes will burn 120 calories. A 155 pound person will work off 149 calories in the same span.
Do I have to do the math? Let's just say I'll never get in shape from raking.
My cheering squad.