February is American Heart Month… a time to focus on keeping our hearts in shape so that we can live healthier lives.
Did you know you can get some good cardio in just by cleaning your house? (How’s that for multitasking?) Here’s the skinny on how to burn some calories while you make your home sparkle.
- Washing and folding laundry can net up to 148 calories per hour.
- Scrubbing the bathtub will not only build up your arm muscles, but it will burn up to 90 calories.
- An hour of vacuuming gets your floors clean AND sheds up to 200 calories.
- Mopping, with all that upper body back-and-forth motion, lets you burn up to 150 calories an hour.
- Cleaning windows has a big payoff: one hour will burn over 230 calories.
- An hour of dusting will not only make your air fresher, but it will use 160 calories.
(Keep in mind that these calorie counts will vary based on how intensely you’re working and how much you weigh.)
A clean house makes you healthier in other ways too. Dust mites, mold, and pet hair can aggravate allergies and respiratory health, while clearing clutter can lead to a calmer, more productive and more focused mind, according to meditation app Headspace.
So, give your heart a little love by spending a few hours cleaning this week. (And yes, you have our permission to skip that spin class! Just this once.)