The Surprise Benefit of Spring Cleaning 

If you need another reason to motivate for the annual cleaning spree, here's one: spring cleaning isn't just a great way to prepare for the coming warmer months, it's also a great way to prepare your body. Many household chores burn calories as well as tone major muscle groups. Check below the jump for a few great examples. • Vacuuming and sweeping work your upper body and both burn an average of 112 calories in 30 minutes.

• Scrubbing floors works your back, shoulders and arms, and burns an average of 136 calories in 30 minutes.

• Washing a car burns an average of 107 calories in 30 minutes.

• Raking leaves is a full body workout that burns an average of 225 calories
in 30 minutes.

You can check out the calculators at Self and Everyday Health for information on more household activities. All estimates based on an average weight of 150 lb. 

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