What if we told you that housework and gardening could have some surprising benefits for your body?
There are many activities that we undertake on a weekly or even daily basis that actually burn calories and can help you stay fit and healthy.
1. Mopping - Giving your floors a deep clean can give you a great upper-body workout. The constant back and forth of mopping, combined with vigorous scrubbing for stubborn dirt can burn upwards of 150 calories every hour.
2. Vacuuming - The amount you vacuum will depend on the size of your home - obviously you will do a lot more vacuuming if you have a large house compared to a small flat. But using your vacuum cleaner can give you a good workout and could help you burn over 120 calories in 30 minutes.
3. Sweeping - Keeping the focus on your floors, sweeping up dirt and debris is also a great calorie burner. If spring-cleaning is on your to-do list, then a 30-minute boogie with your broom could help you work off up to 130 calories.
4. Mowing the lawn - Not only can you benefit from a neat lawn and the mental health benefits of spending time outdoors, but mowing your grass will also have a positive impact on your body - more than 200 calories worth. Unfortunately, a ride-on mower doesn't count!
5. Washing the car -You might want to leave this particular job until a slightly warmer month, but skipping the drive-through car wash will do you a lot of good. Scrubbing mud and muck from your car exterior could knock off another 150 calories or more every 30 minutes.
6. Cleaning windows - Washing your own windows inside and out can help you burn over 150 calories in just 30 minutes - not to mention save you money on a weekly window cleaner. That's roughly the same amount as a 20-minute jog.
7. Weeding the garden - Keen gardeners will know how much hard work goes into keeping a yard in good condition, but even weeding your flower beds is enough to make you break a sweat and burn up upwards of 300 calories every hour.
8. Raking - For a more vigorous gardening activity, an hour of raking up dead leaves, grass trimmings and other garden debris can help you build up strong muscles and work off more than 250 calories.
Now, obviously cleaning and gardening shouldn't replace your regular exercise, but every little counts, right? It's great to know that these simple chores help you out in the health and fitness department!
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Calories burned are based on a 150lb adult, and will vary depending on factors including your age, weight, fitness and level of intensity.