No need to worry if you are not able to make those 10,000 steps or get to the gym during this period of social isolation. Household chores burn calories too. You may find you never need to make a trip to the gym again.
Vacuuming, dusting, cooking, washing, spring cleaning – all these can get the heart pumping and burn calories.
The trick is to keep moving, to not stop between chores and to not try and make things easier for yourself. The more trips you make up the stairs, for example, the better you work out your leg and gluteus muscles. So instead of making a pile of things to be taken up the stairs later, make a trip for each item as you come across it.
Wear ankle or wrist weights while doing housework and you will add even more intensity.
Trimming trees and weeding the garden can provide a hard work out. So can less rigorous activities such as ironing or dish washing is you straighten your back and tighten your stomach muscles for 10 seconds at a time while standing.
The average 150 lb person can burn between 100 – 300 calories in 30 minutes of doing these household chores, according to Share Care.com, depending upon the vigour with which you do it.
This is the same as any high-impact aerobic class, and indeed more than a yoga class.
- Moving furniture — 225 calories
- Scrubbing floors — 189 calories
- Raking leaves — 171 calories
- Gardening — 169 calories
- Mowing the lawn — 162 calories
- Washing the car — 153 calories
- Cleaning windows — 153 calories