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 While age, weight, and gender play a role, on average it’s possible to burn anywhere from 100-300 calories per hour doing housework, all depending on the type of activity and vigour with which you do it. Use the following estimates, based on a bodyweight of 150lbs, to help you determine how many calories you might burn doing about an hour of typical daily housework/ cleaning:

  • Sweeping x 10 minutes = 37 calories
  • Vacuuming x 10 minutes = 37 calories
  • Ironing x 20 minutes = 50 calories
  • Mopping x 20 minutes = 42 calories
  • Making beds x 10 minutes = 23 calories
  • Washing dishes x 10minutes = 26 calories
Total time:  1hr 10 minutes = 215 calories

Just a reminder the heavier you are the more calories you will burn so while these numbers may seem like a drop in the bucket, for someone over 200lb like me, will burn more calories during each action until they reach the 150 lb mark. At that point you will be probably able to do a lot of other things that seem impossible right now.

A calorie deficit (that is how many fewer calories you use vs eat) is usually recommended to be  500 - 700 more burned than you eat in a day. With housework you are almost halfway to your daily goal. 

New research from Wren Kitchen has revealed cleaning up around the house can help burn those extra calories - which help avoid those dreaded extra Christmas pounds
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