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August 7, 2011 9:48 AM
I plan on painting today after work. That will involve tapping off, cleaning the brushes/trays, cutting in, rolling etc. I went to the site listed below and it says for 3 hours of painting (I'll be painting 4 hours) that I'd burn 1381 calories. That seems a little high to me, so I figured I'd put this out there to see what everyone else thinks.

This is the disclaimer:

"Note: Figures are based on moderate (as opposed to vigorous) activity. A heavier person burns more calories, so the same amount of physical activity can actually burn the same number of calories but more quickly. But remember, exercising harder and faster only increases the calories expended slightly. To burn more calories it is better to exercise for a longer time. "
August 7, 2011 9:54 AM
I would be interested in seeing the responses on this. I have several rooms I need to paint. lol I could wear my HRM but man, talk about a pain while painting.
August 7, 2011 9:55 AM
I got 370 lbs per hour, which seems pretty reasonable, since there is a lot of climbing and ducking, crouching, reaching, etc. I figure, I burn about 500-600 calories in an hour just walking at a brisk pace on a treadmill, so 370 doing painting seems reasonable. I plugged in at 162 lbs.
August 7, 2011 9:56 AM
Another thought, though... if you stop for a 20 minute lemonade break or something, THAT shouldn't count into your "painting" time. ;-)
August 7, 2011 9:59 AM
I pretty much halved the calorie burn just to be on the safe side when I did the painting at my place.
August 7, 2011 10:00 AM
370/hr does seem fair. haha I counted the lemonade breaks, since I only put 3 hours instead of 4 :D
August 7, 2011 10:03 AM gave me 274 calories a hour gave 288 a hour. gave 480/hr

That last link lists boxing, Calisthenics etc. Pretty helpful in a pinch.
Edited by 1_up On August 7, 2011 10:06 AM
August 7, 2011 10:05 AM
This isn't on topic but I just looked at the site you posted & found it amusing that if I brush my teeth for 30 minutes I should burn 110 calories laugh for an hour of painting it gave me 442- seems like a lot
August 7, 2011 11:56 AM
It sounds a little high, maybe if they only figure in the actual roller pushing part of the activity. I looked at raking and ping pong rates and they all seem somewhat similar to painting.

I wonder what action would be similar to taping? maybe light cleaning?
August 7, 2011 3:00 PM
Going to go with 275 calories a hour to be on the safe side.
March 8, 2014 4:58 PM
How would you enter this to count calories? I painted for an hour today and want to add but can't find it listed in the exercises.
March 8, 2014 8:08 PM
Ive been painting sanding scrapping 5+ hours a day the last 2 weekends i dont count it at all. Just like i dont count shampooing ,cutting,blowdrying,sweeping hair all day at my salon,its just part of my day.


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