Here’s some great news if you find your housework a thankless chore. Doing routine jobs around the house can burn literally hundreds of calories. This helps you maintain your figure and also improves your general health. So, when you’re doing housework don’t think about all the negatives. Think about the positives. You’re giving your body a great workout! We did some research to try put a number on how many calories you burn during common household activities. And some of the numbers were quite shocking. Just click on the “NEXT” button below to navigate the list and learn how many calories you can burn each day.
1. Doing The Laundry (73 calories per 30 minutes)
Guys don’t realise that there’s a lot more to doing the laundry than putting clothes in the machine and pushing a button. Only us women realise that it’s truly hard work. Wandering up and down stairs collecting clothes. Digging them out of linen baskets, sorting it, loading the machine, unloading the machine, hanging it to dry, putting it away around the house. That’s a lot of work! And it’s reflected in the calories that you burn. Doing laundry burns a staggering 73 calories per 30 minutes spent. Not bad at all!
2. Making The Bed (68 calories per 30 minutes)
Making the bed literally gives you a full body workout. You use your legs, your abdomen, your arms and your back. It’s hard work too that will raise your heart rate and sometimes leave you feeling breathless. But it’s all good and great for your figure and overall fitness. The only concern is that bed making is notoriously bad for your back so make sure that you keep your back as straight as much as possible and never strain when lifting a mattress to tuck in sheets. Making beds burns an impressive 68 calories per 30 minutes that you spend doing it.
3. Ironing (78 calories per 30 minutes)
You wouldn’t normally associate ironing as being a particularly physical activity. However, we promise you that these figures are well researched. You burn 78 calories for every 30 minutes that you spend ironing. It’s the combination of being on your feet, the repetitive motion of ironing along the creases, and then the folding and putting away. It’s one of the dullest housework activities of them all but just think about all the good that it’s doing you. You can also make it more interesting by placing the ironing board in front of the television and catching up on some shows.
4. Vacuuming (119 calories per 30 minutes)
This is one of the most calorie intense chores of the lot. Pushing a heavy vacuum cleaner around the house burns a staggering 119 calories for every 30 minutes that you spend doing it. Vacuuming is so darn darn good for your body it’s almost akin to a gentle gym workout. So, if you have a busy life and struggle to get down to the gym for a “proper” workout increase the amount of vacuuming that you do. You’ll have the added benefit of a beautiful clean house. The only problem is that it’s also super boring. So why not spice it up with some music?
5. Washing the Windows (102 calories per 30 minutes)
It’s seems like a never ending battle keeping the windows clean. Greasy finger prints, pet nose marks, muddy ball marks, bird droppings. You name it. It seems like the whole world is against us when trying to keep the windows clean and shiny. But think of all the good that you’re doing to yourself when you’re cleaning the glass. You’ll burn 102 calories for every 30 minutes that you spend doing it! Pretty impressive really!
6. Gardening (136 calories per 30 minutes)
Some people love it and some people hate it. But gardening has great health benefits. It gets you out the house, it’s been proven to increase happiness levels and it also fries calories. Digging, weeding, pruning, planting and so on and so forth burn a total of 136 calories per every 30 minutes that you spend doing it. Heavy digging will also increase the calorie burn count even further. If you can find the right mindset gardening can be a really satisfying hobby! By the way, sitting in the garden with a glass of wine doesn’t count! No pain no game.
7. Mowing the Lawn (187 calories per 30 minutes spent)
Closely related to gardening but the calorie burn count is even higher. No cheating though. This doesn’t include sitting on a four wheeler and driving round the garden This calorie count only applies to the hard type of lawn mowing – pushing it around the garden yourself. You can tell from the aching the next day just how many muscles mowing the lawn uses. Looking at the resulting beautiful striped lawn under the summer sunshine is also a really satisfying feeling. It’s often the man of the house’s job to cut the grass. However, consider taking over this chore and you’ll increase your weekly calorie burn count significantly – 187 calories per 30 minutes of lawn mowing!
8. Shovelling The Snow (204 calories per 30 minutes spent)
Wow! Check out the calorie burning potential of this activity. Digging is is a calorie burning monster. It’s really hard work though. Be prepared to get hot, sweaty and puffed. Be very careful! You don’t want to slip on the ice. However, shovelling the snow on winter mornings can burn a mighty 204 calories per 30 minutes. Pretty darn impressive and more than you’ll burn doing many types of exercise at the gym.
9. Cooking (75 calories per 30 minutes)
OK, so not the most calorie intense chore on your list. However, good to know when calculating your daily calorie burn count. Cooking gets you on your feet. And wandering round the kitchen, chopping and mixing helps to increase your energy output. And if your calorie conscious when you’re doing your cooking you’re much less likely to include naughties that will grow your waste line. Anyway, in conclusion cooking burns 75 calories for ever 30 minutes that you spend doing it. Not too bad at all, especially when combined with the all the other activities that we’ve mentioned elsewhere.
10. Food Shopping (105 calories per 30 minutes)
Food shopping can be one of the most frustrating tasks in the world. Busy supermarkets, carts and people everywhere, long queues to checkout. So, the obvious temptation is to get your shopping delivered. However, don’t do it! Flying around the supermarket with a cart burns 105 calories for every 30 minutes that you spend doing it. You may not be enjoying it but it’s doing your body good and helping you to fry calories. And, if you treat it as a workout you’re also much less likely to reach for the chocolate bars and the cookies.
Housework and chores are unfortunately a necessary evil. If we want to keep on top of the mess created around us by our pets and families there is unfortunately just no escaping it. However, hopefully you have a new motive to help you through it. Housework is also surprisingly good for you. You’ll raise your heart rate, tone your muscles and burn of hundreds and hundreds of calories. Just think about all the good you’re doing your body whilst doing your chores and hopefully it won’t seem quite so bad. And if you’re on drive to lose weight increase the amount of housework that you do and you’ll not only end up looking thinner, you’ll also have a beautifully clean and tidy house!