With a packed schedule and a busy family life, it’s hard to find the time and energy to work out and maintain your home. Did you know you can do both at once? That’s right: you burn calories while you clean, and you can add in extra exercises to bring your sweat session to the next level.
So, turn on your favorite workout jams and get your blood pumping. Here’s a breakdown of seven common cleaning activities and how many calories you can burn while doing them. We also have exercises you can do while cleaning to get the most out of your workout. The best part? Burning calories while cleaning isn’t just good for a New Year’s resolution, it’s something you can do all year long.
When you freshen your carpet, you’re adding steps to your daily count and engaging your arm muscles. If it takes you an hour to vacuum your home, expect to burn about 200 calories.* When you use the BISSELL® ICONpet™ Cordless Vacuum, you can grab your furry friend’s hair from every corner while burning calories, too. This cordless wonder even converts into a hand vac for all the little nooks and crannies.
How to turn it up a notch: Include some forward lunges while you vacuum. As you take a step, bring your right knee close to the ground to form a right angle with your left leg, then switch. Lunges burn an extra nine calories per minute or a whopping 540 an hour.
Brushing off your mantle and bookshelves has its benefits. You burn approximately 120 calories per 30 minutes of dusting, which is close to what you’d burn doing water aerobics.
How to turn it up a notch: Bop and twirl as you move from surface to surface. Low key dancing burns 200 calories an hour—and it boosts your mood!
3. Washing the Floors
Getting your dirty floors spotless with the BISSELL® CrossWave® Cordless Max Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vac sheds 160 calories per hour. It picks up pet hair along baseboards and in corners with its edge cleaning. Plus, it works as a vacuum and area rug refresher so you can vacuum and wash your floors at the same time. It’s effective on so many floor types including, tile, area rugs, laminate, and sealed hardwood floors.
How to turn it up a notch: Add on 30 squats throughout your floor cleaning routine to burn an extra 40-50 calories. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Sit back in the air as if there’s a chair, then return to a standing position to complete one squat.
4. Cleaning the Bathroom
Scrubbing the toilet and wiping the sink requires some elbow grease. In 30 minutes of spiffing up the bathroom, you’ll burn about 150 calories. Consider using BETTER LIFE bathroom cleaning products for a natural clean from your tile to your bathtub.
How to turn it up a notch: Break for 50 jumping jacks during your bathroom cleaning to get your heart rate up. You’ll also work your glutes, quadriceps and lungs all at once.
5. Freshening the Kitchen
Whether you’re washing pans or wiping down the stovetop, you burn about 25 calories for every 15 minutes you spend sprucing up the kitchen. If you put in an hour, that’s 100 calories!
How to turn it up a notch: Throw some kickboxing punches from side to side. This arm and cardio workout is great for your balance and for feeling tough.
From picking up kids’ toys to arranging the coat closet, decluttering offers you some serious movement. For every hour spent organizing, you burn approximately 130 calories. And if you’re hauling heavy items, you’re adding muscle toning to your workout, too.
How to turn it up a notch: Go up and down the stairs as often as you can. Maybe even consider doing some push-ups in between. You definitely won’t need to hit the gym after this one.
Hauling baskets, loading the machine and folding t-shirts all require physical activity that burns about 120 calories per 30 minutes. Climbing stairs to put your clothes away gives you an extra calorie-burning boost, too.
How to turn it up a notch: Make several trips to put the clothes away. Throw in an exercise like jumping jacks or squats between loads to increase your heart rate.
Burning calories while cleaning gives you so many benefits, it energizes you, gives you a full pass to skip the gym and leaves your home squeaky clean, so you can feel more at peace and present while spending quality time with family and friends.
*Calorie estimates are based on a 150-pound person. Calories burned depend on your weight, body composition and intensity of the exercise.