6 Household Chores That Burn Major Calories
No time to hit the gym? Hit the broom instead! Housework is a cheap and productive way to burn a ton of calories.
By Reader's Digest Editors
Burning about 240 calories per hour, sweeping/mopping is a great upper and lower body workout. Focus on the dirtiest areas of the floor first, then move to the cleaner portions for an efficient workout and clean.
Mowing the lawn
Dump your expensive gardener and tackle the lawn on your own. Use a manual or push mower for maximum calorie burn. Expect to burn about 325 calories per hour. Here are 7 ways to mow like a pro.
Think cooking is a passive activity? Think again. On competitive cooking shows, the chefs add just as much sweat as they do seasoning to make an expert meal. Put on your chef’s hat and burn about 150 calories per hour.
Burn off holiday treats by shoveling your own snow. This heart-pumping exercise burns about 415 calories per hour.
Stain your deck or repaint that unsightly room and you’ll burn about 290 calories per hour. Painting is an excellent way to work your leg and arm muscles while building lean muscle mass.
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