According to a new research, mopping your house floor helps in burning 314 calories. While ironing your clothes help to burn 157 calories, the same amount of calories that you burn when doing water aerobics for half an hour. Similarly, according to health experts, making your bed is equivalent to doing Pilates for 20 minutes. Adults in the UK, on an average, spend 11 hours each week doing work around the house. According to researchers, this would equal to almost 2 pounds lost every month.

The current study states that you should just skip the gym altogether because the secret to staying fit is quite closer than you might think. Keeping the house clean and tidy may not feel like the most difficult task to some when compared to the workouts one does in the gym. However, experts believe that it is the best way in which you can stay in shape. The results from the current research suggest that vacuuming, cleaning windows, and dusting tables can help you in reducing your waistline.


Experts claim that mopping the floor burns 314 calories which are more than the amount of calories present in a McDonald’s cheeseburger. There are 11 everyday tasks that you can do around the house which can help you burn a significant amount of calories. These activities include doing laundry, ironing, sweeping, dusting, scrubbing the washroom and even washing your car.

Making your bed is one of the activities which requires the lowest amount of effort but it also only burns 70 calories while mopping your floors has proven to be four times as effective when it comes to losing weight.

Scrubbing the floors is thought to be the equivalent of running for 15 minutes and can also help to burn off a slice of pizza. On the other hand, eating a bag of crisps provides you with 157 calories which can be burned off by ironing.

New research by a British manufacturer, StarBrands, stated that making the bed has the same physical benefits that doing Pilates for 20 minutes has. If you find cycling the toughest exercise to do, then you can alternatively try and sweep the floors. Sweeping the floors burns the same amount of calories that are present in a portion of cheese.

On an average, the adults in the UK spend 11 hours on housework each week which means that they burn around 2,300 calories. One minute of any light housework is equal to taking 72 steps which mean that doing house chores for only half an hour can make all the difference.


Experts say that half an hour of exercise is equivalent to 2 pounds of weight loss every month which can help you stay in shape even during winter. Experts recommend that adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week.

Vacuuming helps to burn 175 calories in an hour which is the amount of calories burned when jogging for 20 minutes and is also equal to the amount of calories present in a portion of pasta. Similarly, laundry helps to burn 148 calories which are the same amount of calories burned in lifting weights for 40 minutes.

The current research, conducted by StarBrands, goes to show that even if you don’t have time to go to the gym you can easily burn a lot of calories by doing work around the house. It also supports previous research that deep cleaning one’s house can help a person remain healthy and lose extra weight.