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Secret benefits of house chores


Finally ladies and “some” gentlemen, our hard work is about to be paid off. A new study shows that doing house chores burn more than 2,000 calories a week. Who would have guessed that scrubbing the floor or doing the laundry and dishes could be almost the same thing as going to the gym, depending on how hard you scrub though. For those, like me, who keep procrastinating hitting the gym, here are some common household chores and their wonderful benefits.

Washing the dishes can burn up to 560 calories over a week  

If you spend 15 minutes washing up plates and scrubbing pans every night, you can burn up to 560 calories a week. Even loading the dishwasher every 30 minutes can burn 105 calories. The amount of calories you’ll burn by doing the dishes can be equals to swimming 2,500 meters.

Vacuuming can burn up to 90 calories if you vacuum for 30 minutes 

VacuumingUnfortunately, we don’t vacuum anymore because most houses in Pitakwa are tiled. But if you’re one of the very few who still vacuum, you can lose 90 calories if you vacuum for 30 minutes. That’s about the same calories you’ll burn with 15 minutes of kickboxing. we are recommend to take 10,000 steps a day and vacuuming helps you accomplish that, depending on how big your house is though.

Scrubbing the bath or the kitchen floor for about 15 minutes can burn up to 100 calories

This chore is excellent if you want toned arms and shoulder muscles. It’s the same as doing 30 jumping squats

Laundry can burn 78 calories in an hour

Loading and unloading the washing machine, hanging the clothes on a line, taking them back in, folding and arranging them can burn 78 calories in an hour and it’s the same as doing a 100 sit-ups. Just imagine how much calories you’ll burn washing your cloth with your hands and rinsing them.

Dusting can burn 25 calories

Whether it’s with that dusting feather thing or with a wet rag, you can burn 25 calories doing something as easy as dusting. So, no need to do that two minutes of planking when all you need to do is clean dust for 15 minutes

Mopping and sweeping can burn 145 calories in 30 minutes

Instead of spending 15 minutes on the treadmill, you can give your floor a good sweep and cleaning for 30 minutes can burn a whopping 145 calories.

Cleaning windows can burn upto 334 calories

It’s time to remember your dirty windows. If you spend an hour cleaning them, you won’t need to bother doing that 40 push-ups because you’ll burn the same 334 calories

Mowing can burn 325 caries

You can chose to mow the lawn for an hour with a regular push mower and burn 325 calories or do 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training ( I have no idea what that is, but it sounds difficult)

Gardening for 30 minutes can burn 213 calories 

Instead of doing 45 minutes of cycling, you can potter in your garden for 30 minutes and burn 213 calories. Now I know why people who go to the farm in the village look fit.

Ironing can burn 420 calories

Ironing in Pitakwa

I don’t know if there is any Zumba class you can go to in Pitakwa but instead of looking for one, you can just spend 3 hours in a week ironing. This will help you burn 420 calories. Make sure you press down evenly and switch arms, we won’t want one of your arms looking more tone than the other?

Making beds can burn 65 calories

You can burn 65 calories if you spend 15 minutes changing the bed sheets. I’m astonished that something I find so irrelevant gives me the same result as taking a mile-long power walk.

I wonder why we’ve been spending so much money on Gyms.

I am, @Lord__Nina

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1 Comment

  1. Interesting read. I’m not actually commenting on this topic, but would only advise that the editorials do their job. This post had a lot of errors. It wouldn’t be so if an editor at least went through the work. Thanks.

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