Just how many calories does housework burn?

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We’ve been having a look at just how many calories you can burn whilst doing housework… yes, mainly to justify avoiding going to the gym…

So here’s what I burn doing housework. I used the Apple Watch activity app to monitor and record my movement, each task is calculated based on 10 minutes of work and gives the active calories burned and the total calories burned.

using the activity app on the apple watch to count calories burned

Cleaning the bathroom 

  • Active calories = 35 kcal
  • Total calories = 50 kcal

Making beds

  • Active calories = 40 kcal
  • Total calories = 53 kcal

Dusting/polishing

  • Active calories = 33 kcal
  • Total calories = 47 kcal

Cleaning kitchen

  • Active calories = 36 kcal
  • Total calories = 49 kcal

Vacuuming

  • Active calories = 34 kcal
  • Total calories = 48 kcal

Mopping

  • Active calories = 35 kcal
  • Total calories = 48 kcal

Food preparation/cooking dinner

  • Active calories = 37 kcal
  • Total calories = 50 kcal

Washing dishes

  • Active calories = 32 kcal
  • Total calories = 45 kcal

Ironing

  • Active calories = 34 kcal
  • Total calories = 47 kcal

Cleaning windows

  • Active calories = 34 kcal
  • Total calories = 48 kcal

Not bad really… in an average 1 hour of housework I burn around 210 active calories and 280 total calories. Now in biscuit terms that’s three milk chocolate hobnobs…

You can grab our housework routine here.

 

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