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Turn Spring Cleaning into Spring Training

7 Ways to Put the Lean in Clean


The number of calories you burn during housework depends on several different factors (your current fitness level, your weight, gender, and how hard you're working). Most general estimates say that a 150-pound person will burn approximately 250 calories for an hour of general cleaning, which is higher than the calorie burn of a leisurely two-mile walk. Remember that every little bit of activity helps, so make the most of your time and you'll end up with more than just the satisfaction of a clean house. You'll also have a healthier body!
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Member Comments

  • Between back pain and leg pain, cleaning is a huge accomplishment. How do we track it though? - 11/3/2014 11:34:57 AM
  • A fun way to workout, but calories and feel good! - 5/12/2014 8:28:23 AM
  • I prefer to get my cleaning done quickly so I can go for a walk/run/rollerbl
    ade. - 3/24/2013 6:14:55 PM
    Beat the rugs for "fresh" air. LOL - 3/24/2013 10:09:06 AM
  • Not interested in extra trips etc but I agree with turning up the music and getting a little pep into my step while I do the dirty deed! - 3/9/2012 3:20:58 PM
  • Interesting article. I think I'd rather get the cleaning over with so I have time for an actual workout, rather than make extra trips, though. And maybe it's me, but the "strolling around flicking a feather duster" bit comes off a bit patronizing & unlike the tone I'd expect from Sparkpeople--or from anyone who has personally cleaned a house. - 12/1/2010 9:02:00 PM
  • I need to clean house, and I want to clean house and when I do clean, I get sweaty so I know it's working, but I get FRUSTRATED at SparkPeople! Why???? Because in the "Home Activities" pop up for the Cardio workouts, there is no tracking available for the more "girly" home activities - nothing for "vacuuming" ! (now that can be a back-breaking activity all by itself!)! Nothing for "carrying laundry up and down stairs"! There is "Heavy Cleaning" but that's not really defined - how do I know if what I do is "Heavy Cleaning"? I want to be honest about the work I do, but I always feel like I'm lying when I try to track some of this. Help!! - 10/20/2010 10:56:23 AM
  • Beejie1--That's a great idea!! I will wear my heart rate monitor while I clean and do chores and see how it goes. - 5/25/2010 8:51:20 AM
  • DAISY2203
    I clean my house everyday, becasue I am a clean freak. This pice has offered me some great advice to help make my daily cleaning into another workout of sorts. I was sort of doing these things but now will do it with more thought and purpose. Thank you SP! - 5/7/2010 5:51:02 PM
  • I definitely do this. I have a cleaning job I do once a week. The house is pretty big and takes me about 4hours to clean. I always intensify my cleaning and I end up burning major calories on this day! I love it! - 5/4/2010 1:36:21 PM
  • I really don't enjoy cleaning at all..but I'm going to try some of these suggestions for the purposes of a good workout! - 4/29/2010 10:22:16 AM
  • Of course, if you have a handicap, sometimes just cleaning at all is a workout!!! - 3/23/2010 4:26:00 PM
  • My mother always said "It is easy to clean a clean house." She'd point out how maids cleaned daily in a hotel and it didn't take long. So, do it fast and get it done. - 3/23/2010 12:08:20 PM
    I totally agree with this. I sued to dread housecleaning--th
    en I started wearing my heart rate monitor and was wowed by the calorie burn which equals if not exceeds my walks! - 3/23/2010 9:15:29 AM
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