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I squeeze in extra cardio while I clean my house. I put my headphones on and blast a workout mix, and get really into it. I dance while I clean, and take little breaks for jumping jacks, squats, crunches, etc. It's fun, burns a ton of calories, and gets my house sparkling! I replace one gym session per week with my Dance/Clean.
I wear my heart rate monitor so I can track the calories, and I burn an average of 750 calories during a 90 minute cleaning session, as opposed to 350 during a regular cleaning session. I'll take it!
I used to find myself fighting for time to get to the gym until I learned that even the simplest things can burn some SERIOUS calories. How long do you usually spend cleaning your house? For me, with a toddler, baby, and a very messy husband, I find myself cleaning for 2-3hours at a time. I burn a little over 245 calories an hour just moving around the house, and that's just basic cleaning. Pick up the pace and that number goes up more.
That's more calories than you'd burn walking a 2.5 mph pace for an hour! 48 minutes pushmowing the lawn gets me up to 350 calories. If you put your mind to it, anything can become a workout.
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