Housework: Burn Calories and Get Things Done

Did you know that a 160-pound person can burn up to 211 calories during 60 minutes of housework? Knocking out some chores around the house is an effective and satisfying way to sneak in some exercise.

Chores for Every Season

In the winter months, my favorite household chore is stacking firewood. My dad kindly introduced this chore to me when I was a little girl, and when I noticed the muscle tone in my arms, I realized I actually liked it. Lifting weights may give the same workout, but I enjoy physical activity more when I know I’m also accomplishing something, so stacking wood it is.

Shoveling snow comes in a close second during the winter. In the summer, you’ll find me mowing the yard with a manual-mower and when fall hits, I’m raking leaves on a daily basis.

Favorite Chore?

Is it an oxymoron to say I have favorite chores? What are some of your favorite physical activities that also double as housework? Please share some of your favorite ways to incorporate physical activity into your day so you can burn calories and still get things done.

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  1. I love working in the yard raking leaves and mowing, too. It brings back such happy memories of times working with my father. I also throw myself into cleaning mirrors and windows. Great for the arms!

  2. I seem to do better at chores if I can do some prepatory work the day before. . . Like put out the pails, brooms/dust scrubs, cleaning solutions and materials for mopping the floor the evening before. Then the next morning, I’m ready to start with more energy and may even accomplish more than expected–in exercise and cleaning.

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