“Cleaning House” to Burn More Calories

Friday’s are cleaning days in my household, a chore that is greatly appreciated by my family but also a monumental labor of love every week.  Unfortunately I have to give up a work-out session in order to get what needs to be done, but that doesn’t mean I’m not burning calories.  Here are 5 ways you can enhance your cleaning method to burn extra calories:

1) Clean your whole house – by cleaning your whole house at a time as opposed to touch-up cleaning you are exerting more energy.  It’s that simple: the longer you spend using energy the more calories you are burning

2)Drink cold water- By drinking ice water your body had to use energy to heat it up- so not only are you working on your 8-a-day quota, you are burning calories as well.

3)Add Gusto – By cleaning with intensity you are actually using more energy.  Easier said than done with energy going to the children and life happening all the while; but just think of all the things you can do once you got the housework out of the way.

4)Rearrange your furniture– You can burn more calories physically moving your furniture around- more than sweeping and vacuuming combined.  If you are looking to burn more bang for your buck for calories, this is definitely the way to go!

5)Make Obstacles– By mixing up your cleaning regime to make yourself have to work harder is a good way to burn extra calories.  Do you have stairs?  Clean a room downstairs first then go up the stairs and the bathroom next and then come back down to tackle the kitchen.  Instead of putting your laundry basket on the bed where clothes are easily reached, put it on the floor instead, causing you to use leg and arm muscles to grab the clothes.   Mixing up your routine around obstacles will make your cleaning work-out more intense causing you to burn more calories- plus a different routine can ease mundane tasks.

So don’t think your cleaning just satisfies the cleaning requirement in your household.  Give yourself credit for the exercise you’re giving yourself.  Rest assured your cleaning in exchange for your work-out was not done so in vain.

Here is the break down of calories burned for each house-hold duty, courtesy of  Dailymail.co.uk :

Raking Leaves for 30 minutes: 225 Calories

Scrubbing the bath for 30 minutes: 200 Calories

Making the beds for 30 minutes: 130 Calories

Cleaning the windows for 30 minutes: 125 Calories

Loading the dishwasher for 30 minutes: 105 Calories

Vacuuming for 30 minutes: 90 Calories

Ironing for 30 minutes: 71 Calories

Dusting for 30 minutes: 50 Calories

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