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Household Chores that Burn Calories

April 3, 2013 | Apartment Lifestyle, Everyday Living

Sometimes the demands of life make it difficult to find the time to exercise, especially if you aren’t blessed with having a fitness center in your apartment building. But what if we told you that there are household chores that burn calories? Exercise and chores may be low on your list of your favorite things, but if you combine the two you’ll be happier and healthier (and have a clean apartment to boot):


That’s right, you can actually burn calories by preparing something to eat. In the process of cooking a meal, you can burn close to 180 calories (you’ve seen those chefs sweating on competitive cooking shows, right?). Cook yourself a low-calorie meal to kill two birds with one stone.

Washing Your Car

Instead of heading to a car wash, do it yourself! Not only will you save money, but you will also burn roughly 150 calories in the process. Afterward, grab your bucket and scrub your bathtub to burn an additional 130 calories.


If you like having clean floors, you’ll also like knowing how many calories you can banish while performing this everyday chore. You’ll burn about 120 calories sweeping or mopping, while pushing a heavy vacuum around can help you burn off nearly 200! It’s also a great upper and lower body workout.

Carrying Groceries

Grocery shopping is one of life’s necessities. Instead of having them delivered, or taking the elevator up to your apartment, grab a bag or two and head up the stairs. It’s OK if you have to take more than one trip–you can burn roughly 85 calories walking up and down the stairs for 10 minutes.


Even if you don’t have a large garden, plant some flowers or herbs in pots and place them on your porch or around your apartment. If you squat while you’re doing it, you’ll burn 125 to 150 calories. Offer to help your friend weed their garden to torch a few more.


This seemingly simple activity can actually help you burn about 150 calories, and you’ll have a dust-free apartment. To burn a few more, grab another rag and wash your windows–you will burn 125 calories and get a nice arm workout.


Get your clothes pressed and ready for the work week while getting into shape! Ironing for half an hour can burn about 70 calories and help tone the muscles in your upper arms (just make sure you switch hands periodically to keep everything balanced).

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