Calories Burned Around the House

Calories Burned Around the House

Gregory Han
Apr 24, 2008

We've been making a concerted effort to not neglect our physical health all this year...something all too easy with a job sitting in front of computer in a home office for most of the day. That means every hour or so, we get up and do some squats, dumbbell curls, or pull-ups.

But you don't have to limit your exercises to traditional gym moves or calisthenics to stay fit. Cleaning around the house burns calories too, and some of it more than a lot of traditional exercises. Check out how much you can burn off around the house without lifting a weight after the jump...

Household Activities and Calories Burned (30 minutes/140lbs person)

  • Rearranging Furniture: 210

  • Ironing: 71

  • Cooking: 84

  • Housework: 92

  • Raking lawn: 126

  • Mopping: 143

  • Painting House: 160

  • Garden: 172

  • Vacuuming: 119

  • Shovel Snow: 193

And we know you're curious, so we'll mention that sex burns 134 calories per half hour (46 during foreplay)...a little more if you're vacuuming at the same time.

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