Taking care of the house is an inevitable job and is a part of your day. Once you move out of your apartment, you soon realize that – gone are the days when your mum would just serve you your food on the table, and how magically all the dirt from your white school uniform was gone.
I used to sit at home, play video games and then go to the gym to build my muscles and lose my weight – then it struck me, my mum has never stepped a foot in a gym, yet she is the most healthy person I know. And, it was then when my mum told me her little secret.
There have also been several types of research that have concluded the importance of doing household chores. It was revealed that doing household chores can burn up to 2,000 calories every week. Following is our guide to making the maximum of your daily chores.
- Laundry: The loading and unloading of the dirty clothes into the washing machine, along with hanging up the clothes and putting them away- a simple task of laundry can help you burn a minimum of 80 calories an hour. If I had to translate in workout terms, it is the same as doing a hundred sit-ups! Well, you read that right!
- Vacuuming: More often than not, your vacuum cleaner only comes out of the storage during festivals. But, a good clean can burn you 90 calories in just half an hour. It mostly depends on the size of your apartment, but vacuuming can get you closer to the daily recommendation of 10,000 steps also. In terms of gym workouts – this is equivalent to burning calories after 15 minutes of kickboxing.
- Cleaning Windows: Do you not consider yourself capable enough to do 40 push-ups? Try spending an hour cleaning your see-through windows – it is as much as doing those 40 push-ups and it can clean your windows and help you lose about 330 calories.
- Doing Dishes: You would probably think that I am joking if I tell you that – spending 15 minutes every night doing dishes equates to swimming approximately 2,500 meters. Scrubbing those oily plates and containers can burn up to 550 calories in a week. If you’re fancy enough to own a dishwasher – don’t be disheartened, because just like washing machine, loading and unloading will help you burn 100 calories every 30 minutes.
- Dusting: Dusting may seem like an easy task, that your mum used to assign to you in your childhood. But dusting for 15 minutes can burn up to the same calories that you would while planking for two minutes.
- Scrubbing the Bath: Removing the soap scum once a week in your bathroom is a dirty task but, a task that needs to be done. If you try it with an added elbow grease for 15 minutes – it can burn calories equivalent to 30 jumping squats. It burns up to a hundred calories. This can also be classified as a great chore for toning arms and shoulder muscles.
- Making Beds: I change my bedsheets, once in every two weeks. If calculated – it can burn up to 70 calories in those 15 minutes, which is the same as running a kilometer.
- Ironing: The perpetual process of getting the creases out of your clothes, which might take about three hours of your week, can burn up to 420 calories which is the same as attending a Zumba class. It was also found in research that standing still for long periods can help you in building your core muscles. It is necessary that you press down evenly and switch arms while ironing, to get an even work-out.
Next time, you feel like leaving your apartment untidy to not miss your workout, consider this, AGAIN.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.