Spring and fall are the times I rake leaves. I have a huge oak tree that takes many autumn weeks to drop all of its leaves. So sometimes I don’t get around to raking the last of them until spring. The task is long. It can be boring. It’s the same task as last year, and the year before.
But the upshot of raking leaves is it is fabulous exercise. (It’s why I don’t use a leaf blower.) You acquire a lot of steps from shifting around so much. You work out your torso and arms. In fact, only shoveling gravel or sawing large branches gets my heart rate higher.
Self magazine’s calorie counter says a medium-sized woman can burn almost 150 calories for a half-hour’s work. That’s 300 an hour. (A medium-sized guy can burn 180 in 30 minutes.) This rate isn’t as good as what I burn at the gym where I can burn 300 calories in a half-hour. But with raking, you breathe fresh air, get Vitamin D, and end up with a tidy bed or lawn. Not bad for a boring chore.