It is common knowledge and scientific fact that in order to lose or maintain a healthy weight you must burn more calories than you consume. The amount of calories any one person requires really depends on their activity level, because the more active one is, the more calories they burn.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money and time to get a good workout. Why not get a great workout while staying at home and doing household chores? You get the best of both worlds. Jobs are done around the house and you burn extra calories in the process.
You don’t have to do everything at once. Just make a list of what is needed to be done around the house and work on it over the course of a week or so. Your house will be spotless and you can rest assured that you’ve burned many calories.
Indoor Calorie Burning
Here are some great ways to burn calories without ever leaving the house. These are especially good rainy day jobs that help keep you fit:
- Vacuuming – Unless you have an ultra-lite vacuum cleaner, most vacuums are pretty heavy and lugging them around is a workout in and of itself. Take your time to really get the rooms clean. Move furniture that has been sitting in the same spot for a long period of time. That way you’ll get the aerobic activity of walking and pushing the vacuum cleaner plus the anaerobic activity by moving furniture around. By the way, all these moves are considered functional movement, which is exercise that mimics everyday life activities and allows us to perform better in our daily tasks.
- Cleaning windows – This is a job best reserved for nice sunny days so you can see if you’re missing any spots through the window. Get a stepladder and a wad of paper towels or regular towels plus some good glass cleaner. The act of climbing the ladder to get to the tops of the windows is great aerobic exercise and you get to tone your arms wiping the glass cleaner off the sprayed windows. If you have windows that tilt in for outside cleaning, do both sides to burn twice as many calories.
- Mopping the floor – You can do it standing up with a mop and broom or you can get down on your hands and knees for close up scrubbing. Either way, you can cover a lot of territory on your non-carpeted floors, getting shiny floors and burning calories in the process.
- Cleaning the Curtains or Blinds – People generally don’t do this job enough and it really needs to be done once or twice a year. Get a blind cleaner and a step stool. The up and down of getting on and off the step stool will burn aerobic calories and you’ll be able to tone your arms in the act of cleaning the blinds. Curtains need to be removed and either dry-cleaned or washed in the washing machine. The act of climbing ladders to unhook the curtains burns calories.
- Cleaning out closets – Think about having a garage sale and begin by cleaning out all your closets to find merchandise you can sell. Take everything out of each closet and dust/sweep the closet now that it’s empty. Then put back in the closet only those things you definitely want to keep. Everything else needs a place to store until you decide to have your sale.
If you own or rent a home, there is always going to be outside work to do. Here are some activities that can burn calories in the process.
- Mow the lawn with a push mower – You can use a self-propelled push mower or better yet, have one that takes some effort to push around. You will be doing both aerobic and anaerobic activities in the process and will burn serious calories once you’ve mowed the entire lawn. Add some trimming around trees and fences for added calorie burning and muscle building work.
- Gardening – Simple gardening, including hoeing, planting plants and seeds and pulling weeds burns calories and is something you can do all summer long. Make as big a garden as your yard space allows. You’ll have the added advantage of adding homegrown food items to your dinner table when you plant a vegetable garden.
Digging holes for plants burns as much as 500 calories per hour. Weeding involves the need to bend and use the arm and ab muscles; both serve muscle building and functional movement.
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