For many, Memorial Day weekend is a time for barbecues and beach trips, complete with an extra day off to celebrate the symbolic start of summer. For others, the weekend has also become a time to spruce up your home, clean out your closet and install the air conditioner.

Spending the weekend doing chores might not be the most fun and exciting option, but that doesn't mean it's all for naught. Beside the weed-free garden and the squeaky-clean patio furniture, checking off your to-do list has a surprising health benefit: You'll burn calories while you work. Maybe not as many as you'd burn in a yoga class or on a five mile run, but every little bit counts! And as the saying goes, no matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch!

Click through the slideshow below for some of the common chores you might find on your to-do list for this weekend and how many calories you can burn checking it off. Then tell us in the comments what your healthy plans are for Memorial Day weekend. (All calorie counts are estimates based on a150-pound person, and will vary with intensity, body composition and weight.)

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  • Rearranging The Closet

    With Memorial Day weekend seen by many as the unofficial start of summer, it's time to swap sweaters for shorts. Spend an hour rearranging your closet and dresser drawers and you could <a href="" target="_hplink">burn about 240 calories</a>, according to the American Cancer Society's calories burned calculator. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">LizMarie_AK</a></em>

  • Installing The Air Conditioner

    Installing the AC comes with the built-in reward of cool, refreshing air, but that doesn't make the heavy lifting any easier! You'll burn more calories depending on how heavy your unit is and how far you have to carry it. If you first have to <a href="" target="_hplink">retrieve yours from the basement</a>, you could burn around 100 calories in the 20 or so minutes it might take to get it into the window, according to And those "Forgot to read the directions first" SNAFUs? Consider them extra burn. <br><br> Just be sure to lift with <a href=" lifting and carrying techniques.pdf" target="_hplink">healthy and safe technique</a> so you don't hurt your back in the process. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">jthetzel</a></em>

  • Gardening

    One survey found that nearly <a href="" target="_hplink">half of all homeowners</a> plan to work in their yards over Memorial Day weekend. You'll burn calories whether that means <a href="" target="_hplink">gardening</a>, trimming shrubs or <a href="" target="_hplink">mowing the lawn</a>. An hour of any of these lawn and garden activities can burn around 320 to 330 calories an hour, according to <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Tobyotter</a></em>

  • Setting Up Patio Furniture

    Spreading a few plastic lawn chairs around the patio isn't likely to give you much of a burn, but if you have heavier outdoor furniture to move, you could burn around <a href="" target="_hplink">200 calories</a> in the 30 or so minutes it might take to carry it outside, according to Need to clear away winter's cobwebs first? <a href="" target="_hplink">Scrubbing the furniture</a> for another half hour could tack on an additional 187 calories burned. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Richard Berg</a></em>

  • Cleaning The House

    So you're a little late on your <a href="" target="_hplink">spring cleaning</a>, but better late than never! Some light cleaning around the house can burn <a href="" target="_hplink">around 240 calories an hour</a>. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">storebukkebruse</a></em>

  • Vacuuming

    Need to do a deeper clean? Vacuuming or mopping for 30 minutes can burn an <a href="" target="_hplink">additional 75 calories</a>. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">WordRidden</a></em>

  • Cleaning Out The Gutters

    Most homeowners probably know to clear leaves and debris out of their gutters in the fall, but a second yearly check in the springtime can't hurt -- and can save you time and money in the longrun. Clear out spring twigs, leaves and flowers trapped up on the roof and you'll burn around <a href="" target="_hplink">170 calories</a> for every 30 minutes, according to <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">boboroshi</a></em>

  • Staining The Deck

    Time to give the deck a fresh coat? This activity is part <a href="" target="_hplink">scrubbing the floor</a>, <a href="" target="_hplink">part painting</a>, so we estimate every 30 minutes should burn 150 to 180 calories. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Yortw</a></em>

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