An optimistic spirit of “new year, new me” motivates many of us to make a New Year’s resolution. Usually the idea of a blank canvas will be the motivation for many to do more or less of something in their day-to-day lives. Getting fitter, exercising on a regular basis and generally improving lifestyle can usually be found at the top of the list along with home improvements.
You’ll be delighted to know that burning calories doesn’t have to start at the gym, or sporting unforgiving yoga pants (unless you really want to wear them). You can get an all over workout and improve your home at the same time! Changing habits and regular household chores, can make your failed resolutions a thing of the past!
Starting with the bathroom…
Scrubbing the bath and grimey tiles for 30 minutes alone burns 95 calories – add in mopping of the floor for 15 minutes to burn an additional 45 calories! Accelerate the workout by getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing down all areas of the floor.
Handy Tip: Alternate chores between rooms upstairs and downstairs. The more times you can climb the stairs, the more you’re toning your gluteus maximus! Walking up and down stairs soon adds up! Taking the stairs can add up to 125 calories burned each day.
Vacuuming for 15 minutes burns more than 40 calories – that’s the same as 5 minutes of continuous burpees.
Back up to the bedroom…
Making and laying your bed for 30 minutes burns 38 calories – The same as jogging along a flat terrain or treadmill for 10 minutes. Ironing your bed linen burns approx 88 calories, it also tones muscles of the upper body. Alternate arms to even the workout.
Cleaning windows for 30 minutes burns 68 calories, that’s the same as 15 minutes power yoga.
Improvements all round
Alter your mindset by not leaving things to pile up at the bottom of the stairs – take individual items upstairs as soon as you need to. This also stays on top of clutter in the home. A clutter-free home is a happy home.
When ironing, keep the laundry basket/pile on the floor (rather than on a raised surface like a table). That way you’ll constantly have to bend and stretch to reach the clothes, you can change your stance into a squat to elevate further.
Get creative in the kitchen – chopping, stirring, peeling and beating all burns more calories than simply taking out a ready meal out of the fridge and heating it up… And if you really want to work up a sweat and get your home smelling delicious, have a go at making your own bread using the below recipe – kneading the dough is hard work and great for your triceps!
Bake your own Bread – The Taste of Home recipe
• 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
• 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
• 3 tablespoons sugar
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
• Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
• Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
• Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each)
Recipe Credits | Homemade Bread in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p452
Statistics from calorielab.com