Friday, November 14, 2008

Burn your Calories while doing Housework

I've read about this years ago in one issue of Reader's Digest, but I've only just remembered it while doing the housework today. Believe it or not, you can actually burn your calories while doing the housework! The following calorie calculations are based on a person weighing 160 pounds (72.6 kg) who participates in any of the following activities for 30 minutes:

  • Cooking dinner : 60 calories

  • Making a bed : 94 calories

  • Dusting : 120 calories

  • Watering outdoor plants : 120 calories

  • Washing the dishes: 144 calories

  • Washing the windows : 144 calories

  • Grocery shopping : 190 calories

  • Ironing clothes : 190 calories

  • Playing with the kids : 192 calories

  • Vacuuming : 196 calories

I only listed the activities which we're more likely to do everyday, but if you'd like to find out more, just click here and here. Okay, now let's work out how much calories you've burnt in terms of food:

  • 1 Starbucks cappuccino = 150 calories = 50 minutes cycling

  • 1 jam doughnut = 250 calories = 30 minutes swimming
  • 1 medium sized portion of chips = 270 calories = 40 minutes salsa dancing

  • 1 croissant = 275 calories = 75 minutes housework

Hmm...I do hope I haven't put anyone off eating by this post...and there's no need to be calorie-obssessed if your body mass index is just fine. But I highly recommend this method to anyone who's been trying to lose weight unsuccessfully either by starving themselves, trying out different kinds of diets or exercising like crazy, because not only do you get a cleaner and tidier house, but you can also stay fit at the same time. So, people...start cleaning your house now!


bubu said...

Adda girl lilhousemaker. Oh! It sounds like a new blog title too! Eureka! lol.

Little Bookworm said...

Haha, very funny. Is that supposed to be a sarcastic comment?? Since its my nothing-can-spoil-my-day today, I'm gonna take that as an encouragement for me to keep tidying the house. LOL!

kawan lama said...

ini membuatkan saya bersemangat untuk kemas rumah

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