Spring Cleaning: How Many Calories You Burn During 15 Common Chores

Do you tense up at the thought of tackling the biggest cleanup of the year? We found a tempting incentive to clean besides just having a tidy house: burning serious calories.

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Dream scenario: Get fit while cleaning your house

Doing chores around the house may not feel as intense as HIIT, or any workout for that matter. (These workouts burn the most calories, according to science.) But if you spend enough time cleaning or—dare we suggest it—doing multiple chores at once, those calories burned can add up. Here, we found out just how many calories we burn after 30 minutes of various spring cleaning activities. Note: These calculations were made using the average weights of American women (166 lbs) and men (195 lbs) over the age 20.

Sweeping the floors

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Women burn: 87 calories

Men burn: 102 calories

Vacuuming

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Women burn: 94 calories

Men burn: 111 calories

Dusting the furniture

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Women burn: 57 calories

Men burn: 66 calories

Washing dishes by hand

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Women burn: 49 calories

Men burn: 58 calories

Taking out the trash

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Women burn: 57 calories

Men burn: 66 calories

Organizing your bedroom

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Women burn: 189 calories

Men burn: 223 calories

Scrubbing the bathtub

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Women burn: 106 calories

Men burn: 124 calories

Washing windows

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Women burn: 126 calories

Men burn: 149 calories

Rearranging your living room furniture

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Women burn: 189 calories

Men burn: 221 calories

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