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KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 30: Dandelion seed heads grow in a grass meadow on April 30, 2014 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. Dandelion plants (Taraxacum officinale) are officially a weed plant but are commonly used to make beer, wine, soft drinks and herbal remedies. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Not sure this is my kinda workout, but I know Maney would be into this! Summer is in full swing and for a lot of homeowners, that means mowing the grass is on the weekly to-do list. Not everyone loves this chore, especially in the hot weather, so if you need some motivation to crank up the mower, new research may have it for you. It turns out, you can burn a significant amount of calories just by doing yard work and other DIY projects around the house.

A new survey of 2-thousand homeowners conducted by OnePoll for Draper Tools suggests maintaining the yard and garden could be the ideal way to work off those extra pounds you may have put on while being stuck at home during the pandemic. The poll finds these homeowners spend an average of 165-hours a year maintaining or fixing up their homes and all those activities can burn off quite a few calories.

According to the survey, many people don’t consider yard work to be exercise, but these tasks can burn thousands of calories a year, if they’re done consistently, including these:

  • Mowing the grass can burn more than 4-thousand calories every year
  • Carrying wood, bags of soil, and bags of compost can burn another 3-thousand calories
  • Planting shrubs and seeds can burn another 26-hundred calories a year
  • Weeding can torch more than 6-thousand calories
  • And just watering the garden can burn nearly 4-thousand calories over the course of a year.

This means if homeowners put in all that time and sweat doing all this work and more, they could end up burning over 80-thousand calories a year just working in their yards and gardens – which is enough to offset eating more than 300 Big Macs!