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No Time for the Gym? Clean the House!

posted Nov 11, 2011, 10:09 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 9:11 PM ]
Working out doesn’t always have to mean lacing up your shoes and going for a run, taking a class, or hopping on a bike.

You can get a great workout in your own home, and it doesn’t even require a DVD player.

Simple housework burns calories, which means that not only are you left with a clean house, but you can feel virtuous about sneaking in a quick workout.

Check out how many calories you can burn by doing the following* for 30 minutes:

  • Burn 82 calories waxing furniture.
  • Burn 79 calories washing dishes.
  • Burn 75 calories ironing.
  • Burn 85 calories cooking.
  • Burn 68 calories making the bed.
  • Burn 73 calories doing laundry.
  • Burn 112 calories cleaning the windows.
  • Burn 144 calories painting.
  • Burn 112 calories sweeping.
  • Burn 127 calories mopping.
  • Burn 210 calories climbing stairs.

Add some vigor to your next housecleaning session and check your workout off your to-do list!

*Calories burned based on a 150-pound person.

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