Spring cleaning could burn hundreds of calories and save hours in the gym according to fitness experts.
By John Smith
Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 3:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 3:48 pm
Housework can be just as good as the gym for burning calories
Online health and fitness site Vivotion.com has researched just how many calories can be burned by doing regular household chores and here are the results.
Thirty minutes of pottering in the garden can burn around 200 calories, which is same as cycling steadily for four miles.
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.
Something as easy as doing the dusting can burn 25 calories in 15 minutes, the same as two minutes of planking.
Changing the linen of a family of fours beds can burn 52 calories in 30 minutes, the same as walking a mile.
If you spend three hours over a week getting the creases out of your clothes you can burn 264 calories, the same as a Zumba class.
Giving your carpets a good clean can burn 90 calories in half an hour, which is the same as 15 minutes of kickboxing.
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.
Scrubbing away at the dishes can burn an impressive 180 calories over a week if you spend 15 minutes doing it every day.
If your windows have seen better days, spend an hour giving them a good clean them and burn 136 calories while youre at it. Thats the same as jogging for 15 minutes.
Cutting the grass with a regular push mower can burn 150 calories per hour, or if you prefer you can do 10 minutes of HIIT.
Cleaning the floors for 30 minutes can burn 96 calories, which is equivalent to 15 minutes on the treadmill.