I would say the best calorie-related benefit you get from it is that you probably can't snack while you do it (as knitting is for me). As already mentioned, you should be tracking purposeful exercise that either raises your heart rate in to the cardio zone, or pushes your muscles to fatigue. I believe you that this can be physical work, but I would only consider it a bonus and not actually track calories from it.
I would buy a heart rate monitor, to see how exactly your heart rate responds to your activity. The good ones even estimate your calorie burn. :)
8/6/13 6:57 P
If the activity gets your heart rate up into the cardio zone for at least 10 minutes at a time, then I think you could count it as exercise. Although it's strenuous, if it's not pushing your muscles to fatigue, then I probably wouldn't count it as strength training.
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While it sounds like a great hobby, I'm not sure you can really count this as exercise. I would call it "active living"
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Hello all. I build archery equipment in my garage. One wouldn't think that doing that sort of thing wouldn't be exerting, but I can attest that its seriously physical work a times and I usually end up sweating like crazy.
I am unsure how to classify it: IE cardio vs strength. There is a selection from the pull down menu in the fitness tracker called "Archery/Hunting", but when I add it my caloric intake numbers skyrocket, and now I can't seem to get that last 300 calories in without wanting to turn an arrow onto myself in order to alleviate the pressure.
Anyhoo... Can anyone take a guess as to the calorie burn from carving wood staves or tillering a newly crafted bow? For those that are unfamiliar with the process, I start from a 4 to 5 inch round, 5.5 foot log. I split the log down the middle (Hopefully), and then split the halves into quarters... and then wait for 6 months. These are the staves from which I carve out a bow.
The carving process involves dragging a draw-knife at first, which removes a lot of the unwanted wood. Back and forth from end to end until the general shape emerges. It can take days. Once the basic shape is there, I use rasps and files to get it even more refined. This process is days as well. Finally, once the limbs are clearly there and the grip is roughed in, I start to remove small amounts of wood until the limbs bend equally, and the desired draw weight is more or less achieved. There is a lot of drawing the bow and shaving wood... drawing the bow and shaving wood. From this point its strictly sand paper and fine files.
I thinks its fair to say that I can spend hours on my feet and hours on my butt... but I am constantly moving and although it sounds like towards the end the strenuous aspects taper off, they do not. In fact I think there is more resistance from using the finer tools than the ones that remove chunks at a time.
I hope I have imparted a decent amount of information for someone more learned than I to estimate the calorie burn. I don't need exact numbers. Close is close enough.
Thanks in advance for any help here. I am lost in the math quite frankly.
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