Scrub Away Your Excess Pounds

Household chores burn calories. The more things you do around the house, the more calories you’ll burn. Another bonus is the more chores you do, the less time you will be sitting. Sitting too much is bad for your weight and your health.

When we burn more calories we can eat a little more and that helps keep hunger away and boosts overall satisfaction with the food we eat. In other words, successful weight control is a mix of moderate calories restriction and increased calorie burning.

Calories burned when you weigh 150 pounds doing household cleaning:

Activity                                                                       15 Minutes        1 Hour

Sweeping                                                                        39                     156

Heavy cleaning such as window washing                      34                      136

Mopping  (with bucket and mop not Swiffer)                  43                      170

Standing to wash dishes                                                22                       88

Vacuuming                                                                     43                       170

Making beds                                                                  17                        68

Picking up/putting away                                                 34                       136

Ironing                                                                            22                       88

Putting away clothes                                                      22                        88


???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The calories these activities burn can add up pretty quickly. Do more, burn more and you can eat sensibly and achieve satisfaction by avoiding hunger and deprivation!

Be aware that when you cook your own meals you burn more calories (26 calories in 15 minutes or 102 per hour) and you also know what you’re eating. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Knowing what you’re eating helps you to avoid eating hidden (and therefore uncounted) calories. Plus, you have dishes to clean when you’re done eating – more calories get burned!


?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????What are you waiting for? Get cleaning and enjoy the (calorie) burn!


Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.