The festive season is just around the corner, and your social calendar is probably starting to look busier than usual. It is time to make sure you and your home are looking their best!
Let’s be honest – going to the gym on a cold winter’s night isn’t easy. And, it takes away valuable time from household chores. So, why not do both, and swap the treadmill for some good old-fashioned housework? The weekly chores can burn hundreds of calories, and make the house look great too. You can even have a little fun if you play some of your favourite upbeat tunes.
Read on for our cleaning-inspired, getting fit tips and tricks.
How many calories can you burn doing the housework?
‘Tis the season of goodwill…and unexpected guests. At this time of year, someone always seems to be popping by with festive cheer, which prompts us to keep our homes looking spotless.
It all starts with the furniture move, so your tree can be admired from anywhere in the room. Then, the upkeep follows; vacuuming the dropped needles under the tree, dusting around the carefully positioned ornaments, and making sure you always have a clean glass to raise a toast with a distant relative.
So, how many calories does all of this burn? We have looked at a recent study, based on doing each household chore for one hour. You will probably be surprised at the figures.
This is great, because these chores don’t necessarily feel strenuous, and in turn, don’t really feel like exercise. So, you should feel even more motivated! And, all of these activities target different areas of the body.
Take a closer look below:
- Vacuuming – 178 calories – The push and pull motion will work out your chest, back and arms. Try the Bosch Athlet cordless vacuum, a lightweight model that makes vacuuming quick, easy and hassle free.
- Washing up – 164 calories – Give yourself a full upper body workout, including your forearms, biceps, triceps and chest.
- Dusting – 178 calories – Ideal for engaging both your upper and lower body.
- Mopping – 248 calories – Perfect for achieving toned, sculpted shoulders.
- Sweeping – 272 calories – Great for your chest, back, arms and shoulders.
- Moving furniture – 409 calories (!) – The biggest calorie burner of them all. Make your home perfect for guests and give yourself an all-round workout at the same time.
Top cleaning tracks
Cleaning is a hundred times more enjoyable if you have your favourite tunes to keep you company. Plus, if your playlist has a few upbeat songs, it will encourage you to go that little bit faster – and burn even more calories.
Below are a few tracks that are guaranteed to get you moving:
Find even more hot hits here.
Every little helps
Still in need of a little motivation? Tracking your exercise can be great for spurring you on. Using a device like the TomTom Spark Music – GPS Fitness Watch with Music Storage is a handy way of keeping track of your steps, and pushes you to go that little bit further.
Now, you should have enough information to start planning your weight loss journey. Start now so that you can look sensational for the up and coming festive season.