- Published: Sunday, 24 November 2013 04:58
- Written by coolshades
Renner's on to something: When you work with your hands, you build impressive strength. That's because your muscles respond well to the tension, speed, and cardiovascular demands of using tools, says Martin Rooney, P.T., C.S.C.S., the author of Ultimate Warrior Workouts. So jump up and chisel your body the old-fashioned way.
Average number of calories an 180-pound man burns in an hour of...
Chopping and splitting wood: 491
Mowing grass (pushing by hand): 491
Cleaning gutters: 409
Painting (exterior): 409
Planting trees: 368
Raking leaves: 352
Trimming (using edger, power cutter): 286
General carpentry: 245
Hanging wallboard: 245
Operating a floor sander: 368
Wiring and plumbing: 245
Heavy cleaning (car, windows): 245
It's an amazing challenge for your grip, forearms, and core strength as it builds heart and lung endurance.
Mowing the lawn
It's the equivalent of an NFL star pushing his training sled across the gridiron. All that force works your quads, glutes, and calves as it builds shoulder stability.
Using a floor sander
Because of the machine's vibration and the force you generate, your body--and especially your abs--must resist movement, which strengthens your obliques and back muscles.