Did you know loading the dishwasher burns the same calories as swimming 2,500 metres? If the thought of joining the gym this January fills you with dread, we’ve found another genius way to stay fit and keep your house clean at the same time! (Can we get an Amen?)
1 Hour of Laundry = 100 Sit Ups
Yes, you read that right! Loading and unloading the washing machine, hanging up clothes and putting them away for approximately 1 hour can burn up to 78 calories. Say goodbye to dreaded sit-ups!
Scrubbing the Bath = 30 Jump Squats
We’re told squats are great for you right, but so is a dirt-free bath! Combine the two with a little extra elbow grease and a few bend and stretches and voila… you’re 100 calories down. You can even enjoy a nice long soak in a clean tub to celebrate!
Washing the Dishes = Swimming 2,500 Metres
It’s everyone’s least favourite job, but knowing you could burn 560 calories in a week might make it that bit easier! If you scrub those pots and pans for around 15 minutes per day, it’s the equivalent to swimming 2,500 metres. If you have a dishwasher, you don’t need to miss out, loading and unloading the washer for 30 minutes can burn up to 105 calories.
Vacuuming = 15 Minutes of Kickboxing
Hoovering your carpets for just 30 minutes can burn up to 90 calories! Save those high kicks and spruce up your home whilst burning the same amount as a quarter of a kickboxing class. Depending on the size of your home, vacuuming can even get you nearer to the daily recommendation of 10,000 steps.
Dusting = 2 Minutes Planking
Instead of wasting 2 minutes of your precious time attempting the dreaded plank exercise, get your feather duster out! 15 minutes of dusting burns 25 calories and we know which one we’d rather do!
Mopping and Sweeping Floors = 15 Minutes Treadmill
Get those floors spic and span with 30 minutes of cleaning and burn up to 145 calories. Who needs the treadmill anyway!
Mowing the Lawn = 20 Minutes of HIIT
If you’re looking for the perfect excuse not to attend HIIT classes, we’ve got you covered! Mowing your lawn with a regular push mower for 1 hour can burn a whopping 325 calories! And, you don’t have to worry about overgrown grass when summer arrives, result!
Gardening = 45 Minutes of Cycling
Just 30 minutes of pottering around in the garden can burn up to 213 calories, the same as cycling on flat terrain. Digging also gives your shoulders and abdominals a great workout.
Completing all these tasks can result in burning an impressive 1536 calories and ensure your home remains in top condition, what’s not to love!
Keep an eye on our blog throughout January for more tips on beating those January blues.
Calorie counts based on information from www.musclefood.com