Here’s how busy parents can burn calories while doing household chores

July 30, 2018
  • Lose weight while doing housework
    1 / 10 Lose weight while doing housework

    No one really likes doing housework, but now busy mums can take comfort in the fact that cleaning and doing chores doubles up as a mini workout. While the results can’t compare to a full-on gym session, it’s still nice to know that an hour of mopping the floor burns as many calories as a 30-minute jog.

    It’s one of the everyday ways you can do to burn more calories.

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    Mopping the floor

    After 15 minutes of mopping the floor, you’ll burn 34 calories.

    After one hour of mopping the floor, you’ll burn 138 calories.

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    Washing the dishes

    After 15 minutes of washing dishes, you’ll burn 18 calories.

    After one hour of washing dishes, you’ll burn 72 calories.

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  • Vacuuming
    4 / 10 Vacuuming

    After 15 minutes of vacuuming, you’ll burn 34 calories.

    After one hour of vacuuming, you’ll burn 138 calories.

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  • Doing laundry
    5 / 10 Doing laundry

    After 15 minutes of doing laundry, you’ll burn 14 calories.

    After one hour of doing laundry, you’ll burn 55 calories.

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  • Ironing clothes
    6 / 10 Ironing clothes

    After 15 minutes of ironing, you’ll burn 18 calories.

    After one hour of ironing, you’ll burn 72 calories.

    Related: How to lose baby weight quickly without going to the gym

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  • Packing and walking around
    7 / 10 Packing and walking around

    After 15 minutes of putting away things, you’ll burn 28 calories.

    After one hour of putting away things, you’ll burn 110 calories.

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  • Gardening
    8 / 10 Gardening

    After 15 minutes of gardening, you’ll burn 41 calories.

    After one hour of gardening, you’ll burn 165 calories.

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  • Bathing the dog
    9 / 10 Bathing the dog

    After 15 minutes of bathing the dog (or another pet), you’ll burn 34 calories.

    After one hour of bathing the dog (or another pet), you’ll burn 138 calories.

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  • Scrubbing the floor
    10 / 10 Scrubbing the floor

    After 15 minutes of scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees, you’ll burn 39 calories.

    After one hour of scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees, you’ll burn 154 calories.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

    Calorie calculations are from Calorielab, and based on a 55kg woman. A version of this article appeared in Shape Singapore.

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