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Pilgrims' Aerobic Progress

November 23, 1998

Early Americans didn't need step aerobics classes to work off calories. In those hardier times, they got lots of physical activity just by doing their chores. Here's the per-hour calorie count (based on a 130-pound Pilgrim), according to the November issue of Fitness magazine.

Fetching water: 445

Hunting turkey: 355

Chopping wood: 355

Harvesting corn: 265

Making furniture: 210

Cleaning house: 205

Churning butter: 180

Whittling: 150

Quilting: 90

Dipping candles: 90

Reading the Bible: 75

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