What will you do this weekend? Do you have any new activities planned? How about a brisk walk, a game of catch with the kids, a game of h.o.r.s.e. under the basketball hoop? There are so many things we can do to get activity into our weekend.

I know how easy it is to collapse on the couch after a hard week of work, but that isn’t any way to spend your free time! For me, when I sit down I feel like something is missing. I feel like I’m forgetting to do something. I don’t even like sitting down to work on the computer. Sitting down to play the piano or guitar is the only time I really enjoy it.

If you want to stay inside tomorrow at least be productive. How about cleaning out the closets and donating your old stuff to Good Will. There two birds with one stone. You are active and you are giving to someone in need.

House and yard work may not be the most glamorous activities but they can keep you moving.

Calories burned while doing chores around the house (bluezones.com):
Here’s a guide to how many calories a 150-lb. person burns per hour in common household tasks:

Beautify your yard
Dump the riding lawnmower and push instead: 430 calories.
Rake the front yard: 285 calories
Pull some weeds: 320 calories
Trim the shrubs and hedges: 320 calories
Tend the garden: 285 calories

Get your house spic-and-span
Sweep the floor: 285 calories
Now, mop: 250 calories
Better yet, use some elbow grease and scrub!: 270 calories
Vacuum: 250 calories
General light cleaning: 241 calories
Heavy cleaning: 432

Makeover your home
Rearrange the living room (moving furniture): 500 calories
Paint the spare bedroom: 320 calories

By spending just two hours working in your yard and two hours cleaning your home each week, you’ll burn approximately 1,150 extra calories per week.

Talk about being productive! What are your favorite activities around the house that will burn calories?

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