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Calories Burned by Housework

By Amy Sutton

Housework might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of burning calories, but surprisingly, doing chores can be a workout. The American Heart Association recommends doing your own housework instead of hiring a housekeeper and doing your own yard work to increase your physical activity and lead a healthier lifestyle. Doing just two hours of housework per week can burn around 408 calories, which could mean losing as much as 6 pounds in one year, according to Reader's Digest.

  1. Burn around 100 calories, on average, just by doing everyday activities, such as washing and drying your dishes for an hour, moving your furniture around for 25 minutes, push mowing your lawn for 20 minutes or tidying up and removing clutter for 30 minutes, according to "Health" magazine.

  2. Deep clean your bathtub to burn more than 90 calories in as little as 15 minutes, if your weight is around 150 pounds. Grab a sponge and scrub your bathroom floor and tiles to burn 300 calories in 30 minutes.

  3. Sweep your floors and burn 136 calories in 30 minutes, if you weigh around 150 pounds. Then, follow up with the mop and you'll burn 112 calories more in just 30 minutes.

  4. Clean all the windows in your home to burn 167 calories in 30 minutes. A 150-pound person can do some dusting and burn 50 additional calories in 30 minutes.

  5. Make your car shine when you wash it by hand and burn up to153 calories, when you weigh around 150 pounds.

  6. Get outside and burn some calories doing yard work. A 150-pound person can burn 256 in one hour of gardening. Rake some leaves and you can burn 225 calories in as little as 30 minutes.

  7. Tip

    The number of actual calories you burn doing each chore will depend on your body weight.


    Don't participate in strenuous household activities until you consult with your health care provider.

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