Did you know you can burn about 250 calories an hour from gardening? Well, you can. And here's a list from "Reader's Digest" of five more household chores that burn major calories.
#1.) Cooking. Slaving over a hot stove burns about 150 calories an hour. But obviously, if you do multiple taste-tests while you're cooking, the extra calories you CONSUME can also add up.
#2.) Sweeping or Mopping. They both work your upper and lower body, and each of them burn about 240 calories an hour.
#3.) Painting. Staining your deck or repainting a room works your arms and legs, and if you do it for an hour straight, you'll burn about 290 calories.
#4.) Mowing the Lawn. One hour of mowing burns about 325 calories. But obviously that's only with a push mower, not a riding mower.
#5.) Shoveling Snow. It's probably the last thing you're thinking about right now. But once winter hits, shoveling snow burns about 415 calories an hour.