The Green Way to Burn Calories

Men’s Health shares a number of calorie-toasting exercises that, aside from keeping you fit, benefit the environment as well

Running: 1 hour at a 9-min.-mile pace

Calories burned on a treadmill: 902

Calories burned running outdoors with hill sections: 943

Energy saved

Running for 30 minutes a day on a 2-horsepower treadmill uses about 2,000 watts a year and costs $50.

Go the extra mile

Add stairs to burn an extra 308 calories in just 15 minutes of running steps.

Trimming trees and hedges: 1 hour

Calories burned using an electric trimmer: 287

Calories burned by hand trimming: 369

Go the extra mile

Use a watering can to soak your trees instead of setting the sprinkler, and burn an extra 123 calories in an hour. Much of a sprinkler’s spray can be lost to runoff or evaporation. Watering cans ensure direct, efficient watering; early-morning watering reduces evaporation.

Commuting: 1 hour

Calories burned driving: 164

Calories burned cycling to work: 656

Carbon saved

Each average U.S. automobile commute (30 miles round-trip) releases 21.3 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Go the extra mile

Skip the elevator. Just 10 minutes of climbing stairs, even at a slow, sweat-free pace, burns 112 calories.

Mowing: 1 hour

Calories burned on a riding mower: 205

Calories burned with a push mower: 492

Carbon saved

148 pounds of CO2 annually – enough to offset your home’s natural gas use for 5 days.

Go the extra mile

Rake your lawn by hand to burn another 353 calories an hour.

Gaming: 1 hour

Calories burned playing Madden NFL 08: 123

Calories burned playing touch football: 656

Energy saved

Your Xbox 360 will eat up about 200 kilowatt-hours a year, or $33 of your power bill.

Source: Men’s health