Burning Calories at Home! Cleaning IS a Workout…


Most of us typically go to the gym to burn off our unwanted calories through vigorous physical exercise- but in these uncertain COVID-19 social distancing times, we are all home A LOT and could be cleaning. What if we told you that you could also burn off calories at home as well? How exactly? By doing your everyday house chores of course! Not as fun as it sounds until you think about how many calories you could be burning while reorganizing and tidying your home (hello, spring cleaning!). We made a list of common household chores and the estimated number of calories you burn doing these activities for around 30 minutes to an hour based on a 150-pound person. Some of these activities include:

  • Moving furniture – 225 calories
  • Scrubbing floors – 189 calories
  • Raking leaves – 171 calories
  • Gardening – 169 calories
  • Washing your car – 153 calories
  • Cleaning windows – 153 calories
  • Mowing the lawn – 162 calories
  • Mopping – 153 calories
  • Vacuuming – 119 calories
  • Sweeping– 136 calories
  • Doing your bed – 70 calories
  • Ironing clothes – 157 calories
  • Dusting – 166 calories

Based on our estimates, imagine how many calories you can burn in total depending on the amount of time you spend doing chores altogether! Also, check out a few of these household items by clicking on the pictures to get them on Amazon!

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