Burn Calories While You Clean Your House
Did you know that you can burn calories while you clean your house? It’s true! This is a great way to get in a good workout and clean your house at the same time.
Here’s the kicker though: You won’t burn calories while you clean your house if you keep taking breaks, sitting down and watching TV for awhile and then go clean some more, then take a break and eat a bunch of junk food, then go back to cleaning again. I am sure you won’t do this, but there are a BUNCH of people that will.
Want Some Great Ideas For Burning Calories?
- Mopping the hardwoods and tile floors: Take care of those dusty, dirty floors with an hour of mopping and you’ll shed at least 153 calories.
- Washing the floors: If your floors require a little extra elbow grease, you can shed as many as 187-200 calories in just 30 minutes of much needed work.
- Scrubbing the bathtubs: It might not take you as long as those floors, but some oomph is required to ditch that soap scum. In 15 minutes, you’ll burn more than 90 calories—and you might feel it in those arms, too!
- Vacuuming the carpets: Depending on the size of your home and how much carpet you have, vacuuming could make a significant dent in your 10,000 recommended steps a day. In the process, you could burn 119-200 calories per 30 minutes…depending on your speed and movement.
- Sweeping the floors: A 30-minute dance with the broom will burn off a minimum of 136 calories.
- Hand washing your car: Winter road salt and that nasty white film still covering your car? Skip the drive-thru and scrub it by hand to burn 153-175 calories.
- Cleaning all the windows: Get the grime off the inside and the outside of all your windows and let the springtime sun shine in. You’ll burn 167-200 calories in 30 minutes.
- Rearranging the closets: Ready to put away those winter sweaters, hoodies and your heavy winter coat? Moving around some lighter options can burn about 85-100 calories.
- Redecorating: Painting your bedroom a springy color? 30 minutes of indoor remodeling knocks off a minimum of 167 calories.
- Moving some furniture: Got any furniture to move? You’re in luck: You could burn an additional 100 calories or more in just 15 minutes, and even more if you have to move anything up and down stairs!
Of course, all of these exercises above and the calories you actually burn all depends on the speed at which you perform them and how much effort you put into them. The faster you go (without taking breaks), the more calories you will burn. This is where a Garmin Vivofit, or some kind of fitness and step tracker comes in nicely. In our home with multiple levels and a great deal of carpet, I will typically get in a minimum of 4000 steps just from vacuuming our carpets.
The more movement (swing) you put into these cleaning task/exercises, the more calories you will burn off. What a great way to get a good workout and burn calories, but also to get your house looking really nice. And if you’d like a little snack, then wait until you are ALL done working really hard and fast performing your cleaning jobs, then you can finally sit down and enjoy some almond nuts with some mixed nuts (trail mix) for your snack, along with a huge glass of filtered water.
It would even be advised to have a whey protein shake, or a rich chocolate protein shake after a real intense house cleaning/workout. If you’ve spent hours and hours cleaning without taking breaks and you’ve actually worked up a real good sweat, then it’s time for a “real snack”, a whey protein shake. Mix 1-2 scoops of your favorite whey protein powder (mine is Jay Robb Chocolate whey protein powder), and mix it with either filtered water or Almond milk for a great “pick me up” in energy and strength. This will also feed the muscles that you just tore down and beat up during your cleaning workout. You could also add a few strawberry’s and 1tsp of good peanut butter to your shake and then blend it good and drink.
Burn calories while you clean your house is something that you will be proud of when your done and something that was much needed. Now you have a really clean house/home, and you have also put in the hard work and got yourself a great workout. Good Job!
Enjoy your cleaning,