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Crocheting Burns Calories! See how many!

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 I wonder how many calories I burned writing this blog?

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  • 00KITTY
    I was just sitting here frustrated emoticon about a pattern and feeling guilty about not doing anything and I figured I'd look up this topic on SP to see what you all had to say about it. Made me feel so much better. emoticon

    1977 days ago
    God help you. Thanks for the laugh, the website, and the eye opener that I probably needed a lot. This was great going to bookmark the page now. Hugs and keep up the good work. Exercise and r&r exercise this is great.
    2947 days ago
    LOL, love it!

    appropriate r&r is ok to do, guilt free, even. (rest, relaxation, reflection, respite, rejuvenation, refresh, rarin2go are all some of my fav R words)

    my trick is finding the balance b/c i would prefer life 2 B 95% r&r, 5% chores!


    f I had a silver spoon! I'm not sure that would be a good thing, but I'd call that the Disney syndrome or like a kid in a toy/candy store ;)

    2969 days ago
    Well gee whiz; didn't the site tell you how many calories you burn typing away at the computer??It's gotta be way up there! lol
    2971 days ago
    LOL... I am going to pick up my knitting NOW!!!

    Thanks for the chuckle..

    2972 days ago
    Got to check that site out De, thanks. I wonder how many calories I burn watching the Cubs play, yelling/ cheering, and crocheting! I know how you feel when you spend all day crocheting. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2972 days ago
    Dang, you must crochet energetically. I would have thought that crocheting would be just one tick above sitting and staring at the wall!
    2972 days ago
    LOL . . . thanks for the calorie burn breakdown! When I first read the title of your blog I started laughing thing the only calories I would burn crocheting would be the waves in my brain trying to figure out how to do it! I am so marveled by the creations people come up with who crochet and knit!

    Have a TERRIFIC weekend!

    2972 days ago
    You are too funny. When I had first joined BLC12 last season, one of the captains had mentioned that web site. I had bookmarked it but forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. And you're right, does make you feel better!

    Mary Anne emoticon
    2972 days ago
  • TINA*23
    That's good info! I'm going to check the sight out!
    2972 days ago
  • DISP715
    De, your so funny! I knit alot, so I'm glad to see it burns some calories. I don't feel guilt at all about sitting and knitting, its kind of like meditating. Made 3 blankets so far this year and donated them to warmupamerica. Now I'm working on chemo hats for the local cancer unit. Thats for the link, I have added it to my favorites. emoticon
    2972 days ago
    De that is wonderful and how I do love to knit and crochet. How many calories do we burn typing on SP message boards????? Gotta be alot!!!! I will keep that website for future reference!

    Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Thanks too for being a great spark friend!
    2972 days ago
    Ok so now that you have gained momentum to get off the couch and do something...just think of all those things that burn even more calories, which would mean more weight off the middle! I have to take my own advise don't think you are the only one who needs the motivation to get busy!

    Keep up the hard work!
    2972 days ago
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