How to Clean House And Get A Workout In

How to Clean House and Get Your Workout In

This post was written in part by Happy Cleans, however, all opinions are my own. 

When we clean the house we generally like the end result, but very few of us enjoy the actual process of cleaning. (Or is it just me?) This infographic from HappyCleans gives us a look at housecleaning from the perspective of it being an opportunity to get a workout and, hopefully, it will motivate you to clean more! (Or should I say, hopefully, it will motivate me?) 

Vacuuming is a task that very few look forward to but an hour of it burns an average of 153 calories. It might not seem like that much but over time that can really start to add up! Even less intensive tasks such as ironing burn around 128 calories an hour. I was pleasantly surprised to see that making beds can burn 128 calories, too! 

More intensive tasks can burn even more calories and if you have a particularly dirty bath, you can burn 200 calories in just 30 minutes by doing some intensive scrubbing.

Housework can be a really great way to get fit but, as with any other form of exercise, the more you put in the more you will get out of it.  Turn up the intensity on some of your housecleaning tasks to get more of a workout of them. For example, you can turn something like dusting into a workout by wearing weights on your wrists. Even 2-3 pounds of extra resistance can help to tone the arms as you dust.

Another great suggestion from Happy Cleans is to do squats while folding laundry and, one of my personal favorites, turning up the music and get moving! 

Make sure you check out the full infographic for more great information about how you can turn your next cleaning session into a workout.