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Turn Spring Cleaning into Spring Training

7 Ways to Put the Lean in Clean

-- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer
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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

  • 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
  • COLLING6
    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
  • BEEJIE1
    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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