Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | July 15, 2008

Need Exercise? Do Some Housework!

     If you want to increase your daily level of physical activity, but have trouble finding the time to exercise, try doing a little work around the house.  I know what you’re thinking, how can housework help me get in shape?  The truth is housework alone will not prepare you to run a marathon or participate in a triathlon.  Nor will it address all of your physical activity needs (unless you do a variety of household activities on most days of the week).  However, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, gardening, vacuuming, shoveling, cleaning or dusting can provide you with a moderate level of aerobic exercise, burn extra calories and bestow health benefits.  It can also make your home look nice.  For example, mowing the lawn, which provides both cardiovascular exercise and resistance training, burns approximately 375 calories per hour for a 150 lb. individual.  Below is a list of common household activities and the calories burned by a 150 lb. person every 30 minutes:

  • Cleaning the house – 100
  • Raking leaves – 145
  • General gardening – 135
  • Planting – 155
  • Digging – 170
  • Trimming shrubs (manual trimmer) – 155
  • Trimming shrubs (power trimmer) – 120
  • Chopping wood – 205
  • Weeding – 155
  • Laying sod – 170
  • Painting the house – 170
  • Stacking wood – 170
  • Shoveling snow (snow blower) – 155
  • Shoveling snow (shovel) – 205
  • Vacuuming – 120
  • Ironing – 80
  • Dusting – 85
  • Washing the car – 100
  • Cooking – 70

 

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