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Tips How to Burn Calories At Home-Tested and Proven!

Updated on October 20, 2015
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Peachpurple has two kids, a teen and a school age kid. She had been through tough parenting and learned a lot of tips and tricks about kids

DAY 23, HUB #23

me, wiping the window with a rag
me, wiping the window with a rag | Source

Who says that you have to exercise in the gym to burn up more calories? Not necessary.

By increasing your physical activities such as a brisk walk or doing regular household chores at home are the best exercise regime that could benefit your health, fitness and best of all, at no cost.

You don’t just lose weight more easily but improve your muscular strength, maintain mobility and keep your house sick and span. It is a wonderful idea to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

These small daily house chore activities may also lower your cholesterol and blood pressure while at the same time, help you to get in shape.

Do you hate to do household chores?

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The following chart will help you to calculate how much calories are used up per hour. Hence, you will be burning more calories than you expected.

Washing and wiping windows for satisfaction
Washing and wiping windows for satisfaction | Source

1) Window Washing- burns 200 calories per hour

  • If your house window are high, large and there are at least 10 of them, well rest assured that you will be using lots of energy and sweating from head to toe.
  • Window washing helps you to stretch out your chest, broaden your shoulders, strengthen your back and exercise your leg muscles especially when you try to reach those top edge corners of dirty, dusty windows.
  • Isn't it nice to see your windows sparkling clean after a hard day work?


2) Vacuuming- burns 165 calories

  • Vacuuming can be noisy and you need physical strength to pull the vacuum cleaner wherever you go.
  • You also need to move the furniture aside so that you could vacuum all the dusty corners and putting back the furniture to the original position is another chore too.
  • Hence, vacuuming task helps you to work out your biceps, back and arms while moving constantly. Do not bend your back too low as you may sprain back muscles.

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3) Dusting- burns 160 calories

  • Dusting the top shelf of the wardrobe, cupboard, kitchen cabinets and display racks encourage you to walk frequently, moving the triceps muscle.
  • Dusting away the dust and spider webs with feather duster or damp rags, helps you to move your shoulders, stretch out your chest as you try to reach those dusty shelves.
  • However, do use a mask or face towel to cover up your nose , prevent the dust and germs from triggering your nose allergy.

I love to see my garden blooms with pretty flowers
I love to see my garden blooms with pretty flowers | Source

4) Gardening-burns 266 calories

  • Treat gardening as one of your hobbies. It is a wonderful way to burn up your calories while you beautify your garden.
  • When you plant some new seedlings of vegetables or flowers into flowerpots, you will be performing some squatting and standing up exercises which help you to tone up your abs muscles, legs and back too.
  • However, do not squat too long because it may strain your kneecap and result to muscle cramps. Do not bend your back when you intend to carry the flower pots because your head will be facing downwards. This incorrect position will induce to dizziness, blurred vision, headaches and increase blood pressure.
  • You should squat down, use both hands to hold the flower pot sides and count to 3 before standing up slowly.


Don't you love to see water flowing in the bucket?
Don't you love to see water flowing in the bucket? | Source

5) Hanging out laundry- burns 165 calories

  • Nowadays, most people use the convenience of washing machine to wash their laundry.
  • If you want to burn more calories, wash your laundry by hand, lots of scrubbing, rinsing and wringing the clothes with your strength, you will release lots of sweat and exercise your abs too.
  • As you hang your laundry out on the laundry line, you will exercise your legs as you walk, shoulders and arms when you wrung up clothes loose, stretch out your chest and back as you use your energy to tug and pull up the laundry.
  • It is best to hang out your laundry in the morning because morning sun does not give you any sunburn compare to afternoon scorching sun.

Why I choose this brand

I have tried many brands BUT I love FAB owder Laundry Detergent compare to the others.

Just use one scoop for a big laundry basket hand wash, especially bed sheet, comforters, curtains, and it really cleans out all the dust , stains with light scrubs

For half laundry basket, just half scoop will do.

I use sparingly, managed to save more money compare to liquid detergent.

Furthermore, the spring fragrant smell of this detergent makes my clean laundry felt new again.


I love evenings, bring my boy to the playground and have some fun while exercise
I love evenings, bring my boy to the playground and have some fun while exercise | Source

6) Pushing your child on a swing-burns 200 calories

  • Isn’t it wonderful to see your child giggling happily as you push him on the swing while you work out your body at the same time?
  • Do not stand at the same position too long because you might have a backache instead.
  • Move your steps back and forth, change your position regularly. You can sometimes stand behind him, beside him or in front of him.
  • When you stand beside your child, make sure that he doesn’t slip off his seat and both hands hold firmly onto the chains of the swing.
  • By moving your steps, you work out your legs muscle, triceps and hips area. Pushing the swing with your arms help you to stretch out the chest, bend the elbow and arms like the door hinges.
  • Enjoy pushing your child on a swing when the weather is cool and breezy, evening time is the best option.

© 2012 peachy

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    • Mom Kat profile image

      Mom Kat 4 years ago from USA

      Good Night! No wonder I'm so skinny... lol... I've gotta show this to my family so they can see just how hard mom really does work every day :)

      Great hub!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Yup, I am skinny too. Weighs 45kg! I hate household chores but just couldn't stand the dust lying on the floor !

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      Mom Kat 4 years ago from USA

      I had to use a conversion tool on google...lol... I weight about 50kg :)

      Taking care of 6 kids, 1 messy hubby, 2 dogs, & a rabbit.... ugh, the house is never as clean as it should be.

      My work is never done.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      OMG! you got 6 + 1 people + 3 animals to take care....I am loss of words. You are great! Don't you hire a part time maid to help you out?

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      Mom Kat 4 years ago from USA

      We can't afford to hire a maid. It's all good though. Never bored, never a dull moment :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Me too. I don't hire a maid either. Just do these chores everyday, time past very quickly.

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      rgmg50 4 years ago

      This puts house cleaning into perspective! Next time when I do any of these chores I will concentrate on all the calories burned, that should hopefully be a motivator, because this is definitely not one of my favorite pastimes.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @rgmg50

      LOL! Household chores definitely are not anyone's favorite pastime. Anyway, just think of the benefits, your body and soul are willingly to do it.

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Awesome hub ... it's so true that household chores use muscles all over our bodies even with the modern conveniences we have available today. I especially enjoyed the sketch of the woman washing clothes at the tub!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @wabash annie

      Yep, all our body muscles are stretch out , pull, bend and by the end of the day, you are worn out to do anything else! LOL!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      I know that doing household chores are not anyone's pet hobby, but hey, make the most of your time if you can't jog outside or enroll in exercise classes -- by doing those chores. Not only you'll get trimmer, but also you'll get a cleaner and better home -- quite a big bonus! :)

      Thanks for sharing your hub. Voted up and useful. :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @idigwebsites

      Totally agree with you. I am sure some people will find time to do household chore during free time to trim down their waistline. Thanks for voting!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      tq vy much for reading.

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      TNSabrina 4 years ago

      Great article, and I loved the information on how many calories! I actually hung out my laundry all summer to see how much it would lower my electric bill, and I can tell you that hanging laundry for 4 people definitely feels like a workout!

      Great article! Voted up!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for reading and voting my article. I hang out laundry everyday, takes lots of patience for the kids handkerchiefs and napkins. Yes, it is a good work out to sweat out and burn those calories too. Thanks again.

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      HotArticle 4 years ago

      I'm speechless...no kid,no pet,not a big family & not a big house,just soul mate...nothing to do anything all day long,thank God!...so I do workout 6 days a week,also do household chores to burn more calories,love to clean (actually scrub)my house lol...I burn more calories than my hubby,he just washes dishes :D

      Great hub! Voted for useful,awesome,interesting!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @CAPT

      Wow! You are having my dream life which I couldn't succeed. Envied u so much!!!!

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Indiana

      Great Article. My mother-in-law and I often comment about how moms never get to sit and should be some of the most fit people. Between your suggestions, cooking, and chasing after children, moms are superwomen!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Yes, all moms are indeed supermommy! Mom always get to lose weight with household chores

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      amandaines 4 years ago

      really useful hub - I had better start cleaning my home every day from now on, instead of once a week as I used to!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I start cleaning the house when my in law is not at home. She nags too much. LOL!

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Wonderful tips to lose weight. Even if the weight reading itself doesn't go down, your inches will. Yes, you will actually be trimmer with the constant household exercises you're doing.

      Good useful hub. Should be printed out and pinned on the fridge!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for reading. I do most of my housechores during weekends. thanks for printing it out. Make me feel happy

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      writerjj 4 years ago

      informative, practical, and very useful. Great hub!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @writerjj

      thanks for dropping by and yr kind comments

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      Rebecca Furtado 4 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Great hub.. gives me incentive to clean my house..

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @rebecca

      Thanks for yr comments. Get me going to burn those unwanted calories. Save money and benefit my house too.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Oh, my! Can I join the mothers' conversation? (lol) Me, too! I'm not spare with the hurdles of household chores waiting to be done in due time.

      Dusting is my main priority. The others? I will also include vacuuming.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Sure, my friend, do join in! Is your house facing the main road or are there too many wood furniture in your house? Dusting makes my nose sneezes all the time. I usually use a damp cloth to wipe of those dust.

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      Eve Melencamp 3 years ago

      I should post this on my fridge so everyone in the house is motivated to do the chores!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @precious

      LOL! You should and I believe everyone will slim down in no time

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      Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

      wow I didn't know so many calories are burnt in house hold chores. I think I should try to do some more now. Voted up.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @indian

      Thanks for reading. That's why most housewife are thin except when they start gorging the food after they finish the chores...

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 3 years ago from Philippine

      Great hub! My sister is too lazy in doing things I bet I need to show this hub to her first to realize things haha.

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      Tammy 3 years ago from North Carolina

      What a great hub! It is great to learn these chores burn so many calories. This will give me some much needed motivation.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @tammy

      thanks for reading. Yeah, household chores do give me lots of motivation when i think of cutting down those calories without heading to the gym.

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      Sean Pollard 3 years ago from CA 95203

      I love doing Gardening but never realized that it burns so much calories. Great Hub

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      Beth Trent 2 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      I've been dreading housework lately. I'm just getting bored I think. This does sound like a way to enjoying housework. I've put on a couple holiday pounds. Maybe rigorous cleaning will help take them off.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yeah, household chores could help you to get off those calories

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      We've changed up our way of eating and it's been surprising to see results but I need to focus on more exercise. Maybe I'll do some spring cleaning now and in the spring! Thanks much for this useful info.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      RTalloni

      yup, household cgores can burn up those calories, good thing you had changed your eating habits

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Wow I didn't know Window Washing- burns 200 calories per hour ! I have to admit I always feel fatigued after housework !!

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      Lori J Latimer 2 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you for the great tips in this article. I do need to increase calories burned, and these activities are not over strenuous or too difficult to achieve...I guess I do windows now.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh yes, it sure is helpful not to waste money on the gym or treadmill. Household chores are the best exercise regime

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      Peggy Woods 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I clean the house when necessary and my hubby helps. Gardening is a hobby of mine and I love the rewards of looking at the pretty landscape as a result. We have some windows to tackle cleaning again. Good to know we will be burning those calories! :))

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      peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks peggy, you are lucky to have your hubby to help around

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      Ash 21 months ago from USA

      Good informative Hub. I have to develop love for my house chores now to lose all the extra pounds .

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      peachy 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks Ayehafarid, I have the same sentiments too

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      Dianna Mendez 8 months ago

      I feel inspired to wash the Windows after seeing all the calories I could burn. Who knew there could be such high benefit from doing this task? Looks like I'll be adding others to my daily routine.

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      peachy 7 months ago from Home Sweet Home

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      oh yes and many more home chores could burn up those calories too

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