Household Chores that Burn the Most Calories

By : Priya Shandhini
10 July 2018

Singapore’s a food paradise and many of us love our chicken rice, char kway teow and biryani. So to burn those calories (and enjoy more yummy food), we pay big bucks for gym memberships and fitness classes. But did you know that your home can be your ‘free gym’ if you do your household chores regularly?

Not convinced? We show you how!

Doing laundry

From putting the clothes into the washing machine, and then taking it out to hang out, and then folding the dry clothes – this is one great full body workout.

Duration: 1 hour

Calories burnt: 78 calories (equivalent to 100 sit-ups)

Cleaning windows

If you clean your windows regularly, you should have well-toned arms!

Duration: 1 hour

Calories burnt: 334 (equivalent to 40 push-ups)

Sweeping and mopping

To burn more calories, go the old-school way of using a broom instead of a vacuum cleaner. Also make it a point to get the dust and dirt out of hidden corners to burn more calories!

Duration: 30 minutes

Calories burnt: 145 calories (equivalent to 15 minutes on treadmill)

Washing dishes

Doing this ‘mundane’ task each day helps to burn quite a lot of calories, so why not?

Duration: 15 minutes every day

Calories burnt: 560 (equivalent to a 1-hour jog)


Work your arm muscles by exerting pressure onto the ironing board.  Standing for a long duration helps to work your core muscles too.

Duration: 3 hours

Calories burnt: 420 (equivalent to a 1-hour Zumba class)

Scrubbing toilet bowl, cleaning shower screen and walls

Keeping your bathroom clean and moisture-free now comes with added benefits – work up a sweat and get your daily exercise quota met.

Duration: 15 minutes

Calories burnt: 100 (equivalent to 30 jump squats)

In total, you can easily burn about 2,000 calories a week just by doing household chores. I never knew that!

Know of other ways to keep fit at home? Tell us via or leave a comment below.

Tags: Cleaning, Bathroom, Bedroom, Kitchen, Dining Room,




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