We knew it! These household chores can burn the most calories

If you’ve ever wondered how you’ll squeeze in time for the housework plus a little exercise, then worry no more!

If you’ve ever wondered how you’ll squeeze in time for the housework plus a little exercise, then worry no more! Scientists have proven that housework can in fact have powerful calorie-burning effects.

British scientists have determined that vacuuming, laundry and general household chores can burn over 2,000 calories each week. This means you’ll be killing two birds with a proverbial stone, and can put your feet up more often!

Topping the list of calorie-burning chores is gardening. Just fifteen minutes of gardening will burn over 106 calories. That’s the same amount as going on a half-hour bike ride!

Next on the list is bathroom cleaning. Scrubbing your bathtub can burn 100 calories in around fifteen minutes, which is equivalent to 30 jumping jacks!

Doing just one hour of laundry can burn nearly 80 calories. You’d need to complete 100 sit-ups to have the same effect at your gym.

Meanwhile, washing the dishes for just 15 minutes every night over one week can burn 560 calories. That’s like completing a 2.5 kilometre swim!

Darren Beale, from MuscleFood.com, said the results were surprising: “Who would have thought that something as effortless as making the beds gives you the same work out as walking?”

“Now you don’t need to feel as guilty – knowing that whilst you’re cleaning the windows you’ve worked off that muffin you ate earlier”, Mr Beale added.

Which of these household chores do you complete most often? Are you pleased to hear that housework can be considered exercise, of sorts?

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(List via MuscleFood.com)Β 

  1. I can’t see how doing the laundry can burn off any calories as the machine does all the work, unless you scrub them on a rock..

  2. It takes me 3 hours to mow our lawn I do it once a week so that is good a reason to mow I actually hate mowing but hate a messy yard more.OCD lol

    • Are you lassies in Qld where u can see the grass grow, if I did that here in Tas I’d be mowing dirt. Lol😊

    • I’m in Newcastle NSW. This summer we’ve had a lot of rain. We can literally see the grass growing. We have half an acre to mow. Keeps us busy.

    • Maree if it rains and that’s our problem at the moment, who would have ever thought the apple isle is straw coloured lol hoping for rain. We have a few acres and the feed may not last, poor sheep.

    • I love Tasmania! Difficult to imagine it any colour than green. Hope the heavens open soon for you.

  3. The ironing just doesn’t happen around here so no Zumba equivalent. Laundry? Maybe if I pound it on rocks and physically get involved but lifting it out the basket bunging it in the machine with the detergent and turning on even if repeated two or three times isn’t 100 sit-ups, hanging up the washing is no big deal either unless you are washing piles of blankets.

  4. Funny you should mention that lol. 11 months ago I began work as a domestic cleaner. I never work more than 5 hrs a day and I have lost an entire size. Mind you I’m on the GC and its very hot and cleaning is arduous work. However, the upside is I can enjoy homemade cheesecake without having to compensate . Life is good πŸ™‚

  5. Ah so that’s the secret to me keeping so trim- yes actually luv housework πŸ˜ƒ

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