Chore cardio

Well, the weekend went better than I expected. I proudly made a grilled chicken salad, fresh from home, on Saturday instead of any of the other frozen options I had at my reach. Then I started Sunday with an hour long workout that got me going for the day. I would say I successfully accomplished my goal from Friday.

As for today, I had numerous things to get done and seeing as I ignored my alarm to go to the gym this morning, I decided to get a little creative. On my list of To-do’s was vacuuming, cleaning up the Christmas gifts, putting away all of the lights and essentially, re-organizing my downstairs. I would say I spent a good 20 minutes vacuuming, about 15 organizing gifts and putting away decorations in bins and then about 5 minutes worth of walking up and down the stairs. I opted to put my decorations upstairs for the time being to force myself to carry heavy bins up them, therefore getting more exercise. Soo, I kept in mind that while I was standing, I was burning more calories. Then I looked up calories burned for chores. Here is what I found on

Indoor Chores

Chores you do inside the house also help to burn calories. Here’s how many calories are burned in the course of performing your daily tasks:

  • Scrubbing the bath for 30 minutes burns 200 calories. Removing that stubborn soap scum from your tiles is a great way  to tone the muscles of your arms and shoulders.
  • Carrying shopping bags for 30 minutes burns 190 calories, and maybe more if the bags are particularly heavy. Distribute the weight evenly on each hand, or swap back and forth at regular intervals. Carrying too much weight on one side won’t just overdevelop those muscles, it could injure your spine.
  • Making beds for 30 minutes burns 130 calories, the same number you’d use if you jogged on a treadmill or on flat terrain for 15 minutes.
  • Cleaning windows for 30 minutes burns 125 calories, the same number used in 20 minutes of power yoga (about one-third the length of a typical power yoga class).
  • Loading the dishwasher for 30 minutes burns 105 calories, which is less than the 160 calories burned when washing them by hand.
  • Vacuuming for 30 minutes burns about 90 calories, the same amount you’d burn in 15 minutes of kick boxing.
  • Dusting for 30 minutes burns about 50 calories.
  • Ironing for 30 minutes burns about 70 calories and tones the muscles of the upper body. Stand up straight at the ironing board and press down firmly. Switch hands periodically so you don’t overdevelop one arm

You can also check out the article for calories burned doing outside chores or other related activities like the stairs or showering. Looking at this, I would say I burned well over 150 calories just by doing household chores I needed to get done. I am calling this my ‘chore cardio’ for the day. It may not have been the workout I was looking for but it was better than nothing. Next time, I need to ramp it up with squats in between the vacuuming and sprints up and down the stairs instead of walking.

Lastly, tomorrow is weigh in day. My goal for the week was 1 pound. Burn 500/day to lose one pound a week. That is what I am hoping for. Guess we will find out.

Today’s tip: Ramp up your cleaning with squats, lunges or dancing around while vacuuming/dusting

Tomorrow’s goal: Hit the gym bright and early to start week 2 of the couch to 5k app


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