Working out, at times, can certainly feel like a chore. But the good news I wanted to share today is a reminder about a few household tasks many of us are already doing, that are pretty efficient in terms of cardiovascular exercise.
So, the next time it feels like you may be creeping toward a fitness slump, recognize you’re still regularly burning calories by:
Doing the dishes
Cleaning the kitchen for even 20 minutes utilizes (on average) about 44 calories. Thus, the more washing and drying there is to do, the better — at least in regard to logging active movement time.
Cutting vegetables, slicing meat and chopping fresh herbs for 20 minutes typically burns 49 calories. When more intensive prep is involved (like whipping batters by hand), such activities may use up to an additional 40 calories.
Adding a fresh coat of paint to a table or a wall requires about 80 calories worth of energy for 20 minutes’ worth of work. Make a day out of it—and you’ll have gotten in a sweat sesh on par with having gone for a long walk.
Tidying the yard
Raking the yard can make use of up to 123 calories. And if you still have outdoor plants to tend to with the hose, every 20 minutes adds an additional 37.
Putting away laundry, vacuuming and grocery shopping are also great everyday tasks that require a decent amount of cardio output.