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  • Fitness breakdown: Classic fall activities

    Boston Magazine - 10/10/2014

    Fall in New England is a special time of year, when everyone becomes a leaf peeper and pumpkin everything infiltrates local restaurants. It also comes with a classic to-do list of activities, from apple picking to a Thanksgiving Day game of touch football. But are the calories burned raking leaves really a workout?

    “Sometimes, the things like raking leaves or picking apples and doing fall activities can add up to the 150 minutes per week to accumulate as far as physical activity,” says Greg Cloutier, project manager at Northeastern University’s Exercise Science Laboratory. “That’s a perfect way of getting some of that in and also getting your yard cleaned up and enjoying yourself outside.”

    To help plan your exercise this weekend, we asked Cloutier how many calories your favorite autumn traditions burn.

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