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Can we turn housework into exercise?

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This is a question that people often ask and wonder about. If you need to perform a lot of house works, is it possible to use them to get the same benefits as exercising?? When you are cleaning your house, when you're washing dishes or ironing clothes, is it helping your body?

Many people complain that they do not find time to go for physical exercise because of the household works that they need to do. Especially women in many countries are often responsible for most of the household works, they find it difficult to find time for regular physical exercise. Going to the gym can be difficult for them. However, it is possible to benefit from the same house works they perform every day. These works can help them burn more calories, lose extra fat, reduce belly fat, become slim and trim, become fitter and stay away from different diseases and medical problems.

Let's find out how.

How many calories can you burn?

The number of calories you can burn by performing different housework will vary depending on your gender, age, weight, and how much before you put while performing the chores. On average, you can burn 100 to 300 calories per hour of housework.

And the calories can add up quickly. Individual chores may not seem like much work but if you perform several such chores over time, you can quickly burn lots of calories. So, it will depend on how much and what type of housework you are doing.

Let's look at the following table to find out, on average how many calories you're burning while performing different works in and around your house.

Sweeping for 10 minutes = 37 calories

Vacuuming for 10 minutes = 37 calories

Ironing for 20 minutes = 50 calories

Mopping for 20 minutes = 42 calories

Making beds for 10 minutes = 23 calories                                                           

Washing dishes for 10 minutes = 26 calories

All of these chores combined = 215 calories

even simple activities like housecleaning can help you to burn calories.

Perform more

If you want to burn more calories, all you have to do is do the math. The more energy you put out while performing the works, the more calories you can burn. The more challenging the activity, and the higher the intensity of the greater the physical benefit. So, if you want to burn more calories and get more physical benefits from your domestic works, you will need to increase the intensity and make the activity more challenging for you. If you perform different activities at a brisk pace, it will help you ensure maximum calorie burn.

If you are performing all these house works, do not think of them as burdens. They can be useful for you. It is up to you to make them more useful to you and help you get the benefits of physical exercise you get by going to the gym or joining an exercise class.