Cleaning = Burning

Finally, here’s strong motivation to clean the home and weed the garden: Simple activities around the house burn calories! As always: The more vigorous the activity the bigger the burn. So, choose your workout play list, grab the vacuum and off you go…

Check out a rough calorie count for only a 30 minute period (based on a person weighing 130 lbs or 175 lbs):

  • Chopping/Splitting wood: 177 or 238
  • Cleaning the house (moderate): 88 or 119
  • Cleaning windows: 88 or 119
  • Mowing the lawn (power/hand mower): 162/177 or 218/238
  • Raking the lawn: 127 or 171
  • Sweeping (outside): 118 or 159
  • Vacuuming: 103 or 139
  • Washing the car: 88 or 119
  • Weeding the garden: 132 or 178

For parents:

  • Child-care (bathing, feeding, …): 88 or 119
  • Playing with your kids: 118 or 159

Comparison:

  • Walking (3 mph): 97 or 131
  • Walking (5 mph): 236 or 318
  • And watching TV (aka sitting): 29 or 39 (probably a horror movie?!)

If you’re in dire need of chores, no worries, just give me a call, there’s plenty to do at our place!

[Source: http://primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/cgi-bin/fpc/actcalc.pl. That site offers a comparison to many more activities.]

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Photography by Mary Sylvester.