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Fit 4 Life | Fit in 5: 5 household chores to give you a great workout | Health

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Did you know that doing household chores can burn calories and build muscle? Several studies have shown that various household chores are very good moderate-intensity cardiovascular or strength training exercises. So why not plan your chores so you can do them in sequence to get your heart rate up and work your major muscle groups? Better yet, put on your favorite music and get carried away.

Here are five chores that will give you a good sweat session and a muscle burner:

1. Clean and sweep

Thoroughly sweeping then mopping floors for 30 minutes can burn 145 calories, which is equivalent to 15 minutes on the treadmill. And cleaning the whole house takes over 30 minutes, so add up how many calories you’ll burn, while feeling those muscles working.

2. Gardening

Working in the garden – weeding, planting, repotting, pruning – for 30 minutes can burn 213 calories, which is equivalent to 45 minutes of cycling on level ground. Digging works your arms, shoulders, and abs, so it’s great for a complete workout. Of course, it will definitely take more than 30 minutes to create this clean and beautiful space, so think about the great exercise you’re getting.

And get this: mowing the grass with a regular lawnmower can burn 325 calories per hour!

3. Scrub the bath

Removing soap scum from your bathtub with a little elbow grease for 15 minutes can burn up to 100 calories, which is equivalent to 30 jump squats. This chore is great for toning arm and shoulder muscles. Imagine if you have more than one bathroom to scrub.

4. Do the laundry

Loading and unloading the washing machine, hanging clothes and putting them away can burn 78 calories in an hour, which is the equivalent of doing 100 sit-ups. You can burn up to 10 times more calories and really work your arm muscles if you wash your clothes by hand.

5. Clean the windows

Spending an hour cleaning those really dirty windows all over the house can burn 334 calories and build strong arms, which is the equivalent of 40 push-ups.