You were supposed to go jogging but it started raining? You were supposed to go to the gym, but suddenly there was an urgent meeting? How familiar are we with these scenarios?? We are not always able to do everything as planned. Unfortunately, we won’t find a moment at home to do a quick workout with one of the programs offered on the network by various trainers. However, we ask ourselves the basic question here – are we able to burn calories by doing housework? Can we count on a large portion of calories burned when cleaning at home? We will try to answer these questions in this article.
It’s known that housework is not able to replace gym exercises or running, but if we focus on proper intensive cleaning, we are certainly able to burn a lot of calories. Combining duties with pleasure and good training in one? What a time saver, right?
It’s not easy to calculate how many calories you will burn during cleaning, because it would be difficult to estimate all this accurately. We do not vacuum for an hour and do not wash the floors for an hour. We do not stand by the sink for an hour and do not wash the windows for an hour. You can install special applications for your smartphone, thanks to which calorie counting is definitely better and more accurate. In essence, however, it’s not all about dry facts, but whether or not cleaning can actually help us burn calories. And as we said – maybe, but you have to do it with the right frequency.
The best housework that burns the most calories
Among all the housework, vacuuming is one of the most frequently rated as the most intensive. With a two-story house, it can take up to 45 minutes for us to vacuum, and for a two-story house, over an hour. By vacuuming, we are able to burn as many as 139 calories within an hour. For comparison, an hour walk is only 155 calories, and here we have only 11 fewer, and we enjoy clean floors.
Cleaning the bathroom is another noteworthy activity. Although most of us do not like to do it, we can burn 155 calories in an hour, which is as much as during an hour’s walk. Floor cleaning, scrubbing the bathroom, polishing mirrors and glass and all other work that is necessary in the bathroom.
And the third of the proposals are cleaning, sorting and moving things. Within an hour of such work, we can burn up to 297 calories, so really a lot. All you have to do is move the furniture or household items, take the boxes to the attic, take unnecessary things to the basement, sort the kitchen appliances and perform several other tasks so that the house has gained order, and we can burn some unnecessary calories on a given day.
And besides, washing windows, floors, and painting walls are also more calories that we will burn, with additional purity throughout the house. The 2-in-1 option works best and is worth practicing, both on a daily basis and also when we are not able to do the training.
We do not always have the opportunity to undergo training, so it’s worth looking for positives even in negatives. Most of us do not like cleaning, but if we think that cleaning the whole house is a lot of calories burned, will it not be easier for us to do it? We believe so.