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August 19, 2010 9:29 AM
August 19, 2010 9:36 AM
I just enter it in as gardening.
August 19, 2010 9:37 AM
Check out gardening by clicking on the exercise database.
August 19, 2010 10:57 AM
I agree ~ Gardening is the closest match.
BUT It depends how vigorous you work as to whether or not pulling weeds matches Gardening for calories burned.
If you are not putting in a ton of effort, you may want to cut the time spent in half to get a true reading.
Gardening entails digging, pulling & planting. I would guess that digging burns more calories than pulling etc etc.
May 30, 2012 9:18 AM
I found this article while trying to figure out what to put on
list for today....
Doing yardwork may not be on your list of exercises to burn calories, but
perhaps it should be. Depending on how much you weigh and the type of work you
do, you can burn 240 to 448 calories per hour. In general, the more you weigh
and the more vigorous the activity, the more calories you burn.

Calories Burned at 125 Pounds
A person weighing about 125 pounds burns approximately 240 calories an hour
doing activities such as raking the lawn, sacking leaves or grass, and planting
seedlings or shrubs. Mowing the lawn with a power push mower burns about 270
calories per hour, and pulling weeds burns 278. Chores that burn approximately
300 calories per hour include digging or spading dirt and laying sod or crushed
rock. Mowing the lawn with a hand push mower burns 330 calories per hour, and
chopping wood burns 360.

Calories Burned at 155 Pounds
If your weight is approximately 155 pounds, activities such as planting
seedlings and shrubs, raking the lawn, and sacking leaves or grass should burn
about 298 calories per hour. At this weight, mowing with a power push mower for
one hour burns 334 calories, pulling weeds burns 344, and digging dirt or laying
sod burns about 372. Mowing with a hand push mower burns 410 calories per hour,
while chopping wood burns 446.

Calories Burned at 185 Pounds
If you weigh about 185 pounds, planting seedlings and shrubs, raking the lawn,
and sacking leaves or grass each burns approximately 356 calories per hour. You
should burn about 400 calories per hour mowing with a power push mower, and
pulling weeds burns about 410. Burn 444 calories if you lay sod or crushed rock,
or dig or spade dirt for an hour. Mow with a hand push mower for an hour to burn
488 calories. Chopping wood burns about 532 calories per hour.

The calculations given for the number of calories burned are not exact. It is
likely that your weight varies a bit from that used in the calculations, and
people typically do not do yardwork at a constant rate. For example, if you rake
the lawn more vigorously than another person, you'll burn more calories than
that person in the same amount of time. Use the calculations as a guide to help
you get a general idea of how many calories you burn doing yardwork.

Calories Burned Calculator The Ultimate Healthy Living Toolbar Get Daily Fitness
Harvard Health Publications: Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for People of Three
Different Weights; July 2004
USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Weight Management
Article reviewed by Denise Kelly Last updated on: May 26, 2011

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May 30, 2012 9:24 AM
I log it, mostly since I will spend 2 or three hours gardening, and be totally exhausted!
May 2, 2013 9:59 AM


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