How to burn calories by spring cleaning
No joke! Your spring cleaning will not only give you a much more pleasant and healthier home to live in, but will also help you burn some of those excessive calories that you managed to acquire during long, cold winter days. Do you want to know how many calories you will burn during various cleaning activities?
Sweeping / washing / mopping floors
Let’s start at the bottom of your dirty home, shall we? An hour of sweeping can burn around 270 calories, an hour of mopping around 150, and an hour of vigorous scrubbing and washing nearly 400 calories. If you are lucky, your floors are so dirty that they will require all three chores, topping practically any average visit to a fitness in calorie burn!
An hour of vacuuming burns up to 250 calories, and that should be plenty of time to get you through most of your home. What about your car? And your significant other’s car? Add that to the mix and you will easily surpass your usually daily physical activity!
Scrubbing the tub and the toilet
Tub scrubbing can help you burn up to 350 calories, proving you scrub really thoroughly for an hour. Toilet scrubbing can be even more energy consuming (because toilets are usually much, much dirtier than tubs), but you won’t scrub a toilet for an hour, so add only about 100 calories to those from tub scrubbing to get a total of 450 calories per a good hour of work. Not bad, huh?
A good scrubbing of all the windows in your home (on both sides!) can last up to 2 hours (or 6 if you live in a mansion). And if you know that 1 hour of cleaning windows burns about 325 calories, you can do the math for yourself, right? A bit of spring mind exercising also won’t hurt…
Back to the car
So, you’ve vacuumed the car – but you’re not done yet! What about washing the car from outside? Warm spring days are perfect for this! If it is any consolation, you will burn around 150 calories per car. If you do it by hand, of course, not cheat by taking it to a car wash.
Organizing the closet
Time to lock up your winter clothes and fill your closets with light materials that are perfect for warm spring days! Organizing your closets for an hour can burn slightly less than 100 calories. It might not seem much, but let’s admit it – you’ve got so many clothes that there is no chance you’ll be done in just 1 hour, right?
Working around the home
You know, raking the leaves, trimming the hedge, preparing the garden for the new season and so on… All these chores put together can burn around 200 calories for each hour of work. And there will be plenty of hours to work, believe us! Do you also own a large lawn? Great, moving it will burn about 325 additional calories per hour!
Redecorating your home
A touch of new paint won’t hurt your bedroom, right? How about moving some furniture around to give your home, you and your family a fresh new spring start? Both of these activities are very efficient calorie burners, with painting burning around 325 calories per hour and moving furniture around 400 calories per hour. Will you be carrying your furniture up and down any stairs? Add around 200 calories for every hour!
Time to do the math
So, let’s add all these things together to give you an idea how many calories will you burn in total during your spring cleaning… 90 calories for 20 minutes of sweeping, 75 calories for half an hour of mopping, 200 calories for half an hour of vigorous scrubbing the floors, 375 calories for vacuuming your home and car(s), about 450 calories for toilet and tub scrubbing, 300 calories for washing 2 cars, 300 calories for closet organizing, about 1000 for one afternoon of cleaning around the house, about 325 of moving the lawn, about 1000 for painting if you re-paint one big room or 2 smaller ones, around 1000 calories for moving furniture here and there for about 2 hours, plus 500 calories for all the smaller chores we forgot to mention above…
Final results are in
That’s more than 5000 calories burned in total while spring cleaning! And people waste time by going to the gym to lose weight, can you imagine that?