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Cleaning tasks that burn the most calories - Staffordshire Live

Cleaning tasks that burn the most calories - Staffordshire Live

We've all spent far too long at home now as we wait it out for the third national lockdown to finish as we're all looking for ways to burn off some calories.

It's hard to exercise when the gyms and swimming pools are all closed and not all of us have a house filled with equipment like runners and cross-trainers. We also might not feel comfortable about going out on the streets to run. So how about killing two birds with one stone and getting the house looking spick and span at the same time as we exercise?

Fitness experts say that giving the house a thorough spring clean can burn off hundreds of calories.

Online health and fitness site vivotion.com has conducted research into how many calories can be burned off by carrying out regular household chores - and the results are impressive.

They looked at tasks like washing dishes dusting, vacuuming and ironing, as well as more strenuous jobs such as scrubbing the bath and cleaning windows, just see how much of a sweat they can get us to work up.

The findings also look at which household chores are best for working out certain areas of your body too.

Scrubbing the bath is best for toning arms and shoulder muscles, whereas ironing can strengthen your abs.

A spokesperson from vivotion.com said: "Who would have thought giving the house a spring clean could help shed weight and tone up?

"Housework is one of those things we do without giving much thought to just how good it is for us.

"Take for example cleaning the bath – a 15-minute scrub and you can burn up to 50 calories and tone your arm and shoulder muscles.

"Cleaning the windows is a great one too – and one of those jobs we all love to hate.

"Spend an hour around the house cleaning them and you’ll have sparkling windows and will have burned 136 calories."

Here's the list in full of how many calories are burned doing the housework

Cleaning tasks that burn off the calories

Scrubbing the bath: Removing soap scum from your tub with a bit of added elbow grease for 15 minutes can burn up to 50 calories, which is the same as 250 jumping jacks. This chore is great for toning arms and shoulder muscles.

Cleaning tasks that burn the most calories - Staffordshire Live

Laundry: Factoring in loading and unloading the washing machine, hanging up the clothes and putting them away, doing the laundry can burn around 70 calories in an hour, which many will be pleased to hear is the same as doing 70 sit-ups.

Cleaning windows: If your windows have seen better days, spend an hour giving them a good clean and burn 136 calories while you're at it. That’s the same as jogging for 15 minutes.

Washing up: Scrubbing away at the dishes can burn an impressive 180 calories over a week if you spend 15 minutes doing it every day. This equates to swimming for just under 30 minutes.

Vacuuming: Giving your carpets a good clean can burn 90 calories in half an hour, which is the same as 15 minutes of kickboxing. Depending on the size of your house, vacuuming can get you nearer to the daily recommendation of 10,000 steps.

Dusting: Something as easy as doing the dusting can burn 25 calories in 15 minutes.

Ironing: If you spend three hours over a week getting the creases out of your clothes you can burn 264 calories.

Standing still for long periods of time burns calories and works your core muscles too. Make sure to press down evenly and switch arms so both get an even workout.

Making beds: Changing the linen of a family of four’s beds can burn 52 calories in 30 minutes, the same as a mile walk.

Mopping and sweeping: Cleaning the floors for 30 minutes can burn 96 calories, which is equivalent to 15 minutes on the treadmill.

Mowing: Cutting the grass with a regular push mower can burn 150 calories per hour.

Gardening: 30 minutes of pottering in the garden can burn around 200 calories, which is the same as cycling steadily for four miles. Digging works your shoulder and abdominals so it’s great for an all-round workout.

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