Housework is good for your health – and your waistline!

Posted by Charlotte Salter, on March 13, 2012.

New research from Loughborough University shows that doing up to an hour of housework a day can burn off 200 calories, which is the minimum daily recommendation of moderate intensity exercise.

The Housework Heptathlon for Health shows how you can turn your home into a gym. Picking up a mop or duster can not only make a contribution to fitness and health – but will also keep your house spick and span as a bonus!

Legendary fitness guru Mr Motivator has joined The British Science Association and Loughborough University to encourage the nation to keep fit whilst doing everyday jobs around the home.

Mr Motivator said: “Whether it’s dusting your mantlepiece, cleaning the bath or cutting the grass, putting in some elbow grease around the home can help you work up to the energy levels needed to shed the suggested daily calorie count.  Grab your cleaning products and become a Housework Heptathlete now for better health!”

The Housework HeptathlonTime
Dusting the house or changing bed linen60 mins
Mopping floors45 mins
Vacuuming carpets45 mins
Going shopping with a basket instead of a trolley, carrying it home and putting it away45 mins
Scrubbing the bathroom45 mins
Gardening40 mins
Mowing the lawn30 mins

“Research has shown that some household activities use enough energy to be classified as moderate intensity physical activity.” Said Loughborough’s David Stensel, a Reader in Exercise Metabolism. “The amount of activity required to burn this will vary depending on age and body mass, amongst other factors, but for the average UK person aged 35 the calculations in the Housework Heptathlon are a good guideline for a way to expend energy and do something constructive around the home.”

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