October 5, 2010 -- Call the Shots (Menshealth.com)

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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

 

 

Chopping wood

 

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.

 

 

Source: menshealth.com