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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fitness Before Technology

****by Fitness Diva

Fitness Before Technology

There's no big secret that the obesity epidemic is on the rise in this day and age, causing a battery of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, chronic heart disease, hypertension, and joint instability and deterioration, among many other ailments. In a world that has seen amazing leaps and bounds in technology and electronic innovation, we've become a species that now finds more opportunity to sit on our butts and do far less work than our predecessors.

Remember the days of using a washboard, butter churning, and chopping your own wood? Probably not. Times were pretty hard back in those days, and for the most part, folks had to depend on their own elbow grease to get even the most basic of life's needs taken care of and tended to. Who needed a gym? Just working from sun up to sun down was enough to keep most folks in those days fit as hell. From keeping up house and land, to keeping food on the table, and even just staying sheltered and warm, you had to use a whole lotta muscle to survive!

Here's a rundown of calories burned doing daily chores and work.... the old fashioned way!

The following are based on these activities being done by someone weighing 150 lbs for a duration of 1 hour. For each 10 lbs more of weight, add approximately 1 additional cal per minute burned.
By the same token, for each 10 lbs less, subtract 1 cal per minute to estimate total calories burned.

Okay, let's roll up those sleeves, now, and get busy...

Sweeping 175 cals

Hand washing clothes (with a washboard) 420 cals

Hanging wash on clothesline 140 cals

Scrubbing the floor 510 cals

Washing windows 305 cals

Churning butter 276 cals

Chopping firewood 530 cals

Stacking firewood 410 cals

Milking a cow 207 cals

Pumping and carrying water 395 cals

Plowing a field (by hand w/ a horse) 450 cals

Planting 304 cals

Picking/harvesting crops 476 cals

Shucking corn 260 cals

Baling hay 530 cals

Shearing sheep 400 cals

Butchering a pig 398 cals

Shoveling snow 430 cals

There are a few here that I missed, I'm sure. If you think of any more, let me know and I'll post them. By the way, tired yet? That's a lot of work!

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Akira said...

Hah.. kneading a dough... that need takes you lots of calories. But, it will all go down the drain when the nice aromatic homemade loaf leaves the oven.

Urban Thought said...

That is a lot of work. But you know what... I know those arms and legs were on point.

I'm only wondering... The wood chopping would give you great back muscles and abs too, no?

Rachel said...

LOL - looks like I need to get my washboard out!!

Ginny said...

Great post, love this! I think it is funny when people can't understand the weight problem. We are eating more fake foods & not doing anywhere near the activity.

The Fitness Diva said...

Akira, I'm on it! I'll dig up the info on that one...

Urban, great arms, shoulders, abs, hip strength. You ever see the wiry muscle on some of those farmers?
And the food they ate usually was fresh, right off their own land.
No preservatives or chemicals.
Now, that's healthy!

The Fitness Diva said...

Ginny, that's for sure. They worked hard and ate pure. We could take a few tips. I think I'm gonna scrub some floors today... ;)

Rachel, I think I might go buy me a washboard. That's one sneaky way to burn some cals. I do have a few items that I like to wash by hand, anyway. Why not do it just like my grandma did? That woman had some awesome arm muscles, from what I remember. She chopped wood, too!

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Laura-Junkfoodaholic.com said...

Great post! Funny, I thought you'd burn a lot more calories milking a cow! Dang, that's hard work!!! I never could get any milk to come out.

Furkidsmom said...

I'm glad I don't have to shovel snow anymore!!!

PaulsHealthBlog.com said...

I read your post and say, "Yup. Yup. Yup."

So I'm talking it over with my wife, and see if she is okay with us moving to Amish country.

Have a great weekend!

Lynne said...

I do still sweep and scrub the floor by hand. Vacuuming makes me sweat too! I was a great snow shoveler too until we left Illinois last year!

Jacqueline said...

I'm really into having a tight upper body, so maybe I need to try the wood chopping thing out.

The Fitness Diva said...

I tell you all, what... I am really going to clean my house this weekend!
I'm going to do the windows (which I do almost NEVER....lol, with the exception of the ones I look out of daily. My other ones are covered by drapes, so they can get pretty neglected. Not this weekend! ;)

I also plan to get down on hands and knees, like my grandma, and scrub the floors, instead of using the old mop-aroo...

Let's just see how long this new way to burn some calories lasts with me... lol.

I'm thinking, not very long. I don't know ANY Divas that like scrubbing floors! :D


wooooh I would have really been in shape back then. It is interesting how lazy as a society we have become. I love this list and am going to show it to my hubby.

tahtimbo said...

Hi, thanks for pointing me in this direction. It is very interesting the number of calories one can burn by just doing everyday (in some cases) things. The scrubbing the floor surprised me, I thought it would be less. Shoveling the snow (which I actually enjoy doing), seems to be spot-on. Thanks again.

Diet Reviews said...

Interesting to see how much you can lose by doing simple around the house type of things. Thanks for the list.

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