Going to the gym every day is a foolproof way to stay healthy and active, but sometimes it’s not easy to fit in a workout among all of the other responsibilities you have on your extensive to-do list. Between work, a social life and apartment responsibilities, sometimes the only way to effectively exercise is to combine it with something else you need to take care of– like, for instance, your spring cleaning.
The good news? You can easily tackle many apartment cleaning activities and burn quite a few calories at the same time. Now that’s a great two-for-one deal! Here’s how to burn calories (a lot of calories) and get a squeaky clean house simultaneously:
Sweep and Mop Your Floors
Sweeping and mopping are both great calorie burners, especially if you’re mopping up some serious dirt and grime from your floors. In fact, both activities work out your arms, core and lower body. Put some music on and do a little grooving during your floor cleaning to get even more out of your workout.
Calories Burned: Sweeping and mopping burns around 240 calories per hour. That’s about the same amount of calories as spending 60 minutes doing Pilates!
Do the Dishes
Doing the dishes is a spring-cleaning necessity, and it’s also a great way to get a little exercise. Hand-washing the dishes burns around 160 calories per half hour, while loading and unloading the dishwasher in the same amount of time expends about 105. Get more out of the activity by squatting whenever you have to put dishes in bottom cabinets and doing toe stands whenever you’re standing at the sink.
Calories Burned: If you’re washing your dishes by hand, you’ll burn a few more calories than you would doing sit-ups for half an hour.
Rearrange the Furniture
Activate your core and upper- and lower-body muscles by rearranging your furniture to give your apartment a fresh spring look. Even if you like the way your furniture is arranged, it’s a good idea to move everything around in order to give every inch of your apartment a deep clean (just wait – you’ll be glad you moved your couch when you realize how many dust bunnies have accumulated!).
Calories Burned: Moving around your furniture for 25 minutes will burn around 100 calories. That’s similar to the amount you’d burn during a 25-minute session with light free weights.
If you find yourself constantly ignoring the soap scum continuing to build up on your bathtub, you’re in for an amazing workout when you finally get around to the chore. Scrubbing your bathroom from top to bottom will work your arms and core more than you might think.
Plus, you’ll be able to take a relaxing soak in your clean tub after all the sweating you’re doing during your two-for-one workout! Switch hands frequently to make sure your non-dominant arm gets some toning as well.
Calories Burned: If you put some extra power into your bathroom scrubbing, you’ll find yourself burning in the vicinity of 180 calories during just one half hour – hit a 30-minute power yoga class for the same amount of calories burned.
If you’re planning on doing some serious vacuuming, don’t forget to get underneath your furniture and even under your sofa and chair cushions! Dirt, bacteria and allergens are often lurking underneath your cushions, and doing that bit of extra cleaning will give you an even better workout.
Calories Burned: Vacuuming burns around 80 to 90 calories in 30 minutes, which is just a little less than a half-hour hatha yoga session.
Go Grocery Shopping
Plan to spend some time cleaning out your fridge and restocking with a few of the basics you’re running out of. A trip to and from the grocery storewill obviously burn more calories if you walk and carry the groceries back in your arms. Try to distribute the weight when bringing your new purchases home to make sure you’re working out both arms evenly.
Calories Burned: Thirty minutes of speed walking to and from the grocery store will burn around 170 calories, and even more with the extra weight of groceries!
Do Some Laundry
Consider this: Laundry involves lifting piles of heavy clothes in and out of the basket, washer and dryer, along with spending time on your feet to put everything away– that’s not a bad way to get some activity!
Calories Burned: You’ll burn around 150 calories (if not more) while doing laundry as long as you stay on your feet. Get even more out of the activity by doing some ironing at the same time. That’s more calories than half an hour of water aerobics!
Remember that the amount of calories you burn will depend on your height and weight, so you may burn a little more or a little less than what’s listed here. To get even more out of any of these workouts, throw on some wrist or ankle weights before you get down to business – you’ll definitely feel the burn!