According to a recent survey, reported by the BBC, almost half (48%) of UK adults say they gained weight during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re among them, and are struggling to make it back to the gym, DIY jobs could be just as effective at shifting the pounds – at the same time as helping you brighten up your home.

DIY Jobs

Ideal Home magazine and tradesperson site MyJobQuote gave a group of men and women a Fitbit each, to analyse the benefits of different types of DIY. Here are their top five tasks for burning calories:

1 Sanding

Not top of most people’s favourite jobs list but essential preparation for repainting, sanding scored well in the challenge, burning 456 calories in men and 392 in women. Consider that properly sanding down a large piece of furniture might take you half a day, and this job really could make an impact on your daily calorie count.

2 Carpentry

It’s a specialised job but if you are up to it, carpentry was rated second with male participants burning 438 calories per hour and females burning 383. It can be time consuming too, says Kane Hughes, DIY expert at MyJobQuote: “To hang, a door takes about twenty minutes to an hour, and installing a door frame will take around the same amount of time. Skirting boards are a bit more complicated and to fit correctly in a room may take half a day.”

3 Gardening

Often cited as a great form of outdoor exercise, gardening can really help you get fit, while transforming your outdoor space. Whether you’re digging holes, lugging around compost bags or mowing the lawn, you’ll be building muscle and burning 337 calories an hour.

4 Painting

Painting and decorating, along with tiling and plastering, is another high-intensity DIY task, which can burn 300 calories an hour for both men and women.

5 Odd jobs

Putting up shelves and assembling flat-pack furniture came further down the list, falling into the low-intensity exercise range, and burning 291 calories an hour for men and 249 for women. However, it’s worth remembering that the time these pesky tasks can take could add up to a good few hours’ sustained activity.

Read more about this story on the Ideal Home website.

About the author

Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined Robert Holmes to inject fresh ideas and help grow the New Homes department of Robert Holmes as well as helping to inject technology into the business and to grow its client base. Together with one of the Directors Nick is in charge of all Development opportunities that Robert Holmes deals with along with sales. Aged 40, he provides succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always been focused on building client relationships and sales. He built up his own gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists.


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