9 Household Activities That Burn Serious Calories ...


Did you know you can do certain household activities to lose weight?

I hate doing housework – hate it – but after learning how many calories you can burn by doing certain chores, I'm a little more open to vacuuming, doing the laundry, and even bathing the dog.

I'm doubly lucky at my current place, because the washer and dryer are in the basement … and my apartment is on the third floor of the house.


Even if you're not that lucky, you too can turn to numerous household activities to lose weight, so you might look forward to your cleaning days!

1. Scrub the Tub

This is a daily chore in my house, because the Better Half and I both enjoy ridiculously long, hot baths that involve lots of Lush.

Fortunately, it's also one of the best household activities to lose weight!

It doesn't take long to do, of course, unless you're going full-throttle and taking care of the shower stall or the curtains, as well as any tile.

The point is, in half an hour of scrubbing the tub, you'll burn 200 calories!

2. Clean the Floors

There are three kinds of flooring in our house: beautiful hardwood, retro black and white tile, and carpet. We also have too many pets to name off, so we spend a lot of time cleaning the floors in various ways. If this is an almost daily chore for you too, never fear! Vacuum your floors and burn 180 calories per hour. Pull out your mop and that goes up to 240 calories per hour!2

3. Get Gourmet

You're probably thinking cooking adds calories, right?

Nah, you only take in calories if you're a really good cook!

The act of cooking itself burns calories – 150 an hour, to be precise.

If you add in things like kneading your own dough, making your own bread or pasta, and chopping fresh fruits and vegetables, making dinner actually helps you get fit!2

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