Friday, April 30, 2010
I was sitting here crocheting this morning when I started to feel guilty about not doing any exercise yet today and wasting time crocheting. Just for the heck of it, I looked for a website that would tell me how many calories I burn doing various activities around the house. What I found was very interesting.
Click on 'Calculators and Tools', then on 'Calories Burned'
This site gives you lots of information, including the number of calories you burn for your weight. You search for the activity, type in your weight and how long you did that activity, and it tells you how many calories you burned. Here are a few of the things I found out. All were checked at my current weight and for a duration of one hour:
Crocheting - 173 calories per hour. Kinda makes me not feel guilty about this morning!
Cleaning the house - 346 calories per hour. If that's not motivation to begin my Spring
cleaning, nothing is!
Doing the laundry - 231 calories per hour. I think I'll go put a load in the washer now!
Putting away the laundry - 266 calories per hour. Hmmm, maybe I won't let them sit in the
laundry basket all week!
And, for when I am REALLY being a couch potato:
Watching television - 115 calories per hour. I always knew TV was healthy for me!
I am not advocating inactivity, but it does make me feel somewhat better knowing that I can burn calories by doing absolutely nothing or by doing the chores I hate to do. Sometimes I find motivation in very strange places...lol. I wonder how many calories I burned writing this blog?