My husband will be the first person to tell you that I might be a little obsessed when it comes to maintaining a neat and clean house. Ok, make that a lot! I hate seeing dirty dishes in the sink (it’s so gross) and seeing a mountain of laundry waiting to be washed gives me slight anxiety. I just don’t have it in me to leave a project for tomorrow – I have to do it now. My obsession with cleaning is so bad that I swear I sometimes just clean my outside windows for fun on the weekends.
Well if you’re a clean freak like me, I’ve got good news for you. Cleaning is good for our waistlines! No joke. A new study says doing everyday housework can burn the same amount of calories as an hour in the gym. So why put in the double duty, right? Ha! Here’s a little more:
Coming in top with a whopping 560 calories burned is daily washing up for 15 minutes. This burns the same amount as a 2,500 meter swim.
Next is three hours of ironing, which may sound like a lot, but doing a big pile of clothes in one go can work off 420 calories – the same as a Zumba class.
An hour of cleaning windows or mowing the lawn produces similar results of around 330 calories, meaning you could happily skip 20 minutes of HIIT training or 40 push-ups.
Burning 65 calories, it’s the same as a one-mile power walk. Or try dusting, which will get rid of 25 calories – the same as two minutes of planking.
The best part of this is that you get to save on a gym membership and keep your house sparkling clean at the same time, too. Plus you don’t have to deal with the awkwardness that comes with bumping into other sweaty people during spinning class. While growing up my mom always told me that you should keep your house clean at all times just in case unexpected guests come over… like the Pope. LOL.