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Turn Spring Cleaning into Spring Training

7 Ways to Put the Lean in Clean

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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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Jason loves to see people realize the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. He is a certified personal trainer and enjoys running races--from 5Ks to 50K ultramarathons. See all of Jason's articles.

Member Comments

  • Fruitcupuk How do you rate Ironing as I do this every day - 6/6/2016 4:18:24 AM
    Look forward to burning off some calories tonight with some cleaning!
    - 4/18/2016 2:38:47 PM
  • I like this article especially the tip for cleaning the shower. However the twisting I will skip because I'm afraid to hurt my back again. Not so easy to recover as I get older. As for the music great advice. When I was younger I would always clean to music as it made it easier for me to do chores I did not like. When I worked in child care I would turn on music when it was time to clean up and told the children by the end of the song we should be finished. I forgot how fun some of these ideas could be. I will have to give them a try. Should by a fitness tracker to really know how good the advice works. - 1/3/2016 7:14:03 PM
    Mop and wax the old fashing way. A bucket of water and a good scrub brush. - 5/4/2015 1:26:01 PM
  • JENNOR55
    Spring cleaning.....also means after two years you haven't used something/anythin
    g it needs to go. Downsize your space and waist. - 4/22/2015 4:59:27 PM
    good info - 4/21/2015 10:56:09 AM
    My biggest concern about this article is the twisting that was recommended when doing housework, like putting up dishes,etc. always protect your back and sudden twists can jerk your back quickly out of whack! Otherwise, right on! - 3/4/2015 8:31:34 PM
  • In the "poll" for this article, why does SP create such leading responses? Instead of giving readers/ respondents several choices to answer "yes" or "no," SP pushes respondents to agree with "reasons" for our views on spring cleaning as working out which are not always the reason someone wants to, or can, honestly, answer "yes" or "no." Which means some of us will not answer either way!!! Frustrating, misleading, and unnecessary. - 2/14/2015 12:04:01 AM
  • 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

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