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By Carson Sperry
Not all household chores are equal. These are the ones that burn the most calories and provide a workout without you even knowing it.
A gym is a polarizing place. To some, it's a necessary stop at the beginning or end of each day. To others, it's the place you begrudgingly go three times a week as necessary maintenance to keep your body in acceptable shape. And to many, the gym is a place filled with anxiety and disappointment to be avoided at all costs.
Regardless of where you fall on that scale, there are a number of things you can do to stay in shape while also avoiding the gym. Below is a quick breakdown of some of the most common chores that burn calories effectively, along with some insights from a few fitness industry experts.
Calorie-burning chores basics
You don't need to look at fitness as a mountain whose peak is specifically reserved for those who work out twice a day and stick to a strict grilled chicken, veggies and rice diet. It's a goal that you work toward over time by simply moving more mindfully during your everyday household chores and activities.
It's no secret that in life, the little things add up. Exercise is no different in this regard. Casey Christianson from Body Transformation for Parents explains how quickly the little things can add up when it comes to meeting basic recommended weekly physical activity goals.
Casey explains, “Simply walking 10 minutes post-meal can not only help with the increased glucose spike in the meal but also increase physical activity. The recommended 150 minutes per week of physical activity is met in only five days at three meals per day."
This is not an overly demanding standard to set and Casey notes, “Adding this element to the day can increase calorie expenditure and help to maintain a healthy body composition."
ALL CHORES BURN CALORIES
“All everyday household chores DO burn calories," Explains Barrie Street of Over50andfit.ca. "It's just a matter of how much time and effort you put into doing them."
If you're looking to get the most bang for your buck, Barrie recommends sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. These chores are so effective at burning calories, explains Barrie, because, “With these activities, we are engaging several muscles in the body."
Find Joy In your chores
“As someone who is obsessed with a clean house AND exercising, household chores are definitely something I don't mind doing to burn extra calories and stay organized," explains Brooke Cavalla of Struggles of a Fit Mom.
Brooke agrees with Barrie's assessment that sweeping, mopping and vacuuming are the most effective household chores to burn calories. She explains, “If you really want to get your heart rate up and even sweat a little, vacuuming and mopping are going to burn a lot of calories."
Brooke approaches each day with the goal of finding exercise opportunities — no matter how small — in her everyday activities. She claims, “You can burn the same amount of calories or more cleaning your house as you could going for a 45-minute walk. Why not get the most bang for your buck and incorporate both!"
“Just staying on your feet and cleaning your house for an extra 30-40 minutes a day can help you get your steps in and burn extra calories through something called 'NEAT.'"
What is NEAT?
“NEAT" is an acronym that means “non-exercise activity thermogenesis." NEAT refers to, “the number of calories you burn doing activities other than exercise."
Household chores, like picking up around the house or doing dishes can serve as effective calorie-burning exercises. Sure, these activities may not accomplish as much as taking a lap around the track or knocking out a set of curls, but at least they don't require you to leave the house or even put on athletic shorts.
Simply put, Brooke believes, “Cleaning your house is a great way to burn extra calories without actually exercising." Do your chores with fitness in mind and recognize the exercise value found in every movement.
Calorie burning chores by body part
Check out this breakdown of some of the most effective chores at burning calories by the parts of the body they work.
Chores that work the upper body
Chores that work the lower body
Chores that work the full body
Everything starts with effort
Regardless of whether you're looking to burn a few calories, add a few inches to your biceps or drop a few inches from your waistline, everything starts with effort. Be mindful of your movements and consciously put in the effort to engage different muscle groups while you make your way through your typical household chores.
Today is the day to start putting in that effort and begin looking at each and every household chore you have to do as a workout waiting to happen. Bring your A-game every day and burn those calories!
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