Some household chores are as effective as your daily workout routine (Image courtesy: Pixabay)
The ongoing 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has tested not only our mental toughness, but also our physical abilities. With all the household helpers on leave, people are doing everything from scrubbing, dusting, washing, cleaning to cooking, all on their own. On the positive side, many tasks that were previously done only by women in the household are now also done by men and children. Entire families came together to share and fulfill household responsibilities.
However, if you’re someone who terribly misses your regular workouts in the gym, or is dying to get back to your aerobics and Zumba classes, then here’s some good news for you. Household chores burn as many calories as you would in a workout. Let’s look:
Wash and vacuum – According to research, you can burn more than 50,000 calories a month just by doing household chores. 138 minutes of mopping floors burns 405 calories, which is equivalent to doing 340 squat pushes. Plus, 132 minutes spent vacuuming the house each week burns 387 calories. It will also tone your arm and shoulder muscles.
Laundry and ironing – The whole routine of sorting, loading and unloading clothes into a washing machine as well as ironing the washed batch is a great exercise in itself that could help you burn over 700 calories each week. In numbers, ironing burns up to 80 calories per hour, so do the math for yourself.
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Take the stairs instead of the elevators – Okay, so while you’re practicing social distancing, you should still use the elevator to get your essentials home. How about taking the stairs instead of the elevator? This way you can avoid hitting the lift buttons as a precaution and burn a lot of calories to get those nice toned legs. Well, it’s a win-win situation. Running up stairs can burn up to 440 calories/hour.
To clean the car – With the car cleaner off, it’s just the right time to put on your garage clothes and gloves and go on a car cleaning spree. Start by decluttering then move on to deep cleaning. Consider using a good disinfectant to disinfect door handles, steering wheel and dashboard. All of this will cause you to burn around 300 calories/hour.
Gardening – Ever wanted a beautifully mowed lawn with pretty flowers, but never found the time? Well, now is the time. Heavy gardening jobs like landscaping, moving stones, hauling dirt burn 400-600 calories per hour, while pulling weeds, planting flowers, etc. burn 200 to 400 calories per hour. Mowing the lawn can help you lose 250 to 350 calories per hour.
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Dusting – Dusting is one of the most routine jobs many of us do, but did you know that an hour of dusting burns 166 calories. Setting a daily calorie burning goal will keep you motivated, home sparkling and who knows, when the lockdown ends, you might get that envious number too.
This is the best time to use your gadgets. Use your smartphones or fitness bracelets to monitor the calories burned during household chores. I’m sure you’ll stop hating all the mopping and cleaning and find it a little less late.
Last but not least, stay home, stay safe and stay healthy!