7 Ways to Lose Weight with Housework

7 Ways to Lose Weight with Housework

After a long work week, the last thing you want to do is pick up a broom, much less a dumbbell. But there’s weight to be lost and dust to be cleaned, so here’s the best solution: turn your housework into a workout! You’ll be surprised at how many calories you can burn with just one simple chore.


Gardening Lose WeightUnless you don’t have a yard, this is definitely the most efficient workout for you. Not only does it tone your thighs, butt, stomach, arms and legs, you can also lose 400 calories per hour just by weeding and digging! Say goodbye to that burger and sundae you had last night!

Cleaning Toilet

Clean-Toilet lose weightWant to lose those flabby arms? Well, tone them up by scrubbing your bathroom tiles and burn off 260 calories per hour! That’s saying sayonara to another McD’s burger (and maybe a couple of fries)!

Mopping / Sweeping / Vacuuming

Mopping lose weightHousework is not housework unless you do at least one of these, but fortunately, each of them burn about 220 to 250 calories per hour. That’s two chocolate chip cookies worth! If you want the extreme mode, try getting on your knees and scrubbing them Cinderella-style – you’ll lose up to 350 calories per hour for that!


ironing lose weightWearing crumpled clothes is a no-no, but it’s a tiresome chore. On the bright side, you’ll burn off 151 calories per hour AND tone your upper body muscles!

Washing Car

Instead of paying for a snow wash outside, why not just do it yourself at home? You’ll save money, build your arms and abdominals, and above all, burn off 143 calories in 30 minutes! You won’t have to feel guilty about cooling down with cup of vanilla ice cream after that chore.


It may not be as cool as rock-climbing, but if you just play Candy Crush on your phone as you climb up and down the stairs for 30 minutes, you’ll be burning off more than a huge slice of cake (285 calories)!

Making the Bed

Making-Bed lose weightIf this isn’t a daily morning habit for you, it’s time you make it one because every time you do it, you’ll lose 15 calories. If you do the math, that’s 450 calories (equivalent to a plate of spaghetti with meatballs) a month! Oh, but changing your bedsheets will help you burn over 40 calories. Now, that’s motivation.

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