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If you're looking to shed a few pounds, start scratching chores off your to-do list. Spending some quality time sweeping and mopping your floors not only leaves your floors spic and span, but you'll also burn off some calories in the process. So grab your broom, grab your mop and start cleaning. Your waistline will benefit.
Torch Those Calories
The exact amount of calories you'll burn while cleaning your floors depends on your weight and how hard you exert yourself. At a weight of 130 pounds, you'll use up roughly 180 to 235 calories in an hour of sweeping and mopping the floor. If you're closer to 150 pounds, you'll shed 205 to 270 calories, but if you're at a weight of 170 pounds, sweeping and mopping uses up 230 to 310 calories per hour.
Lose Some Weight
You'll have to clean daily or mix in some gym time if you're aiming to lose weight. It takes a loss of 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound of body weight, MayoClinic.com reports. So if your goal is dropping a pound a week, you need to burn 500 calories daily. Of course you can also burn some calories and shed some calories from your daily diet to meet that 500-calorie goal. If you spend an hour on the floors, for example, and use up around 200 calories, you'll still have to shave 300 calories from your diet. Sometimes cutting those extra calories from your diet is as easy as nixing your morning latte, getting rid of soda and avoiding all fatty, creamy dressings.
Add Some Outdoor Activities
If you have a laundry list of chores to do, keep going to burn even more calories. Working out in your garden for an hour, doing some weeding, uses up about 305 calories (assuming you weigh 150 pounds - scale up or down as needed). Doing some repainting is another way to use up excess calories. An hour of painting burns about 205 calories, while an hour washing and waxing your vehicle shaves away 305 calories at a weight.
Stretch it Out
Do a little light stretching before whipping out the mop and broom or doing any other cleaning. You may not think to stretch before a heavy-duty cleaning session, but if you don't, you might wind up feeling stiff and sore the next day. Doing some quick stretching for 15 minutes before you clean, uses up more than 35 calories, if you weigh 130 pounds. If you're at 150 pounds, you'll use up over 40 calories and if you weigh 170 pounds, you'll burn nearly 50 calories in 15 minutes of stretching.