Doing House Work Equals Calories Burned

by CB Blog Team on September 24, 2012

Some people just absolutely love working out and exercising. If you are one of us regular folk, you probably need some motivation to get to the gym on a regular basis or even just to work out at home. For some it is the weather that keeps us huddled indoors, be it too hot, too cold, too damp, too dusty, or too whatever to be coaxed outside of the house for anything other than necessities. It may be the gas money, an endless to-do list, or lack of proximity to a gym that you like that keeps you from working out like you should. Whatever your reason, not wanting to go to the gym is no excuse for avoiding exercise altogether. There are many ways to work burning calories into your everyday routine without ever stepping foot inside a gym.

Counting house work calories burned is dependent upon a few different things. The nature of the chore itself, of course, is the first and foremost factor in determining the amount of calories you can potentially burn while performing that particular task. Your age, weight, and how quickly/rigorously you perform the task all play into the calculations as well. The following examples are standardized results for a typical 150-pound 35-year-old female doing 30 minutes of continuous house work.

Average House Cleaning Calories Burned

Cooking — Attempting to burn calories while preparing to consume some may sound a little counterintuitive, you can burn about 85 calories for every half hour that you spend actively cooking. Therefore, by the time you are finished cooking the meal, you have certainly earned the pleasure of eating it.

Dishes — Doing the dishes yourself, rather than running the dishwasher, not only saves a lot of water (if you make sure to purposefully conserve, that is), but it also helps you burn a lot of extra calories. You can burn about 78 calories per half hour of continuous dish-washing.

Laundry — Between loading and unloading the washer and dryer and folding the now clean and dry clothes, you can burn around 73 calories per half hour. Laundry can be pretty time-consuming, so all those separate loads can add up to a lot of house work calories burned.

Lawn mowing — Mowing the lawn is on the higher end of the calories burned housework scale. You burn around 187 calories in half an hour of lawn mowing and most yards take well over 30 minutes to mow. If you have a larger yard, you can get quite the regular workout just by mowing your lawn frequently.

Scrubbing floors — Getting up close and personal with your hard floors is often bypassed by mops, Swiffer dusters, and steam cleaning appliances. Manually scrubbing your floors, however, can bring out some serious shine unlike any of the above mentioned products and it burns a lot more calories (about 129 per half hour of cleaning) to top it off.

Vacuuming — Vacuuming just a single room can leave you out of breath, so it is no surprise that vacuuming your whole house is a serious calorie-burning activity. You will burn around 119 calories every hour that you spend vacuuming.

Windows — Washing windows seems to be everybody’s least favorite household chore, but you can burn over 100 calories (about 102) in half an hour of washing windows. It may not be the most exciting thing you can think to do on any given afternoon, but it beats going to the gym and it helps you chip away at both your waistline and your to-do list.

Yard work — General yard work burns around 170 calories for every 30 minutes that you spend gardening, planting, raking, weeding, etc. During the months with optimal weather conditions, this can become a regular and enjoyable way to burn calories at home.

Of course, these are just a few examples. Doing any housework, including those things that were not discussed here, results in at least some amount of house work calories being burned. You can also intensify your house work calories results by adding more physical activity to each chore. For example, by adding light calisthenics (simple stretches and such to increase your heart rate) to each task significantly improves the amount of calories you will burn as a result of the combined activities. The 85 calories you would normally burn in 30 minutes of cooking jumps up to an impressive 204 calories when you add calisthenics.

That number jumps up even higher to a staggering 357 calories burned per half hour if you add jogging in place rather than light calisthenics. Such is the case if you add these activities to any other of your household chores as well. Doing the dishes increases from 78 calories per half hour to 197 and 350 calories with calisthenics or jogging added, respectively, and so on.

Working out does not have to take time away from the things that need your attention at home. By working exercise into your daily routine, you can get the calorie-burning results that you want while getting things done around the house at the same time.

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