A recent study confirmed that everyday homemaking activities (e.g., laundry, housecleaning, cooking) play an important role in helping women maintain healthy weights.
As you’re likely aware, maintaining a healthy weight is about much more than being able to fit into your favorite skirt. It’s about reducing your risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and many cancers.
Finding time for exercise can be very challenging. Subsequently, it’s a great idea to take full advantage of work around the home in order to meet recommended levels of physical activity (i.e., at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days each week).
Just how many calories can you expect to burn when completing various homemaking activities? Below you’ll find a list of 25 homemaking tasks that burn at least 100 calories when completed by an average-sized adult (calculated using this tool). Even if your diet remains unchanged, you can expect to lose approximately 1 lb. every 35 days if you expend an extra 100 calories each day.
Though most of us will not grocery shop every day or spend 45 consecutive minutes changing light bulbs, we do engage in many of the abovementioned tasks on a daily basis. We can approach these tasks with vigor so we maximize their physical fitness benefits.
Which homemaking task do you find to be the most physically strenuous? Do you use homemaking activities to help you achieve your physical fitness goals?