Sunday is finally here, and you’ve decided that it’s the perfect time to do some house chores. You’re prepping the house, taking out the vacuum cleaner, getting a mop and cleaning chemicals. Finally, everything is ready, and it’s time to start.
Cleaning your entire home will take around 2 hours most likely, and in some cases even more. However, is this amount of physical activity considered exercise? Many people seem to agree that it is and that they won’t need to go to the gym. But is this the truth, or is it just a common misconception? It’s our job to find out the truth and help you understand what’s happening when you’re cleaning your house!
When you’re cleaning your home, your heart rate elevates and it’s relatively equal to when you’re in the gym or jogging through the woods. However, this is the only similarity between these types of activities.
You think you’re meeting the CDC recommendations for action, but you aren’t. The truth is, an elevated heart rate doesn’t mean that the workout you’re experiencing while cleaning your home is enough.
One of the most significant differences regarding the effects of physical activity from working out and cleaning your home is snacking. When you’re at the gym, you don’t have the time nor the need to eat snacks. All you’re focused on is trying to push yourself as much as possible, with the only breaks being for hydration.
On the other hand, people often make small snack breaks when cleaning. This is usually when a room or two are done, so they feel like they need to eat something. This isn’t good because all the physical activity you do cleaning your home gets overruled by the food you eat during the cleaning process.
There’s no doubt that cleaning the house burns some calories, but the amount is negligible. People who aren’t familiar with calorie burning or workouts (or the caloric value of food) usually think that household work is the same as any other type of physical activity (or at the very least, they think it’s pretty similar).
The unfortunate truth is that even though cleaning the house has its calorie-burning benefits, and they aren’t nearly enough. For example, 30 minutes of cycling can burn around 400 calories while 30 minutes of vacuuming your home burn only around 130. This shows that, even though you’ve spent the same amount of time on two different activities, one is much better at burning extra calories than the other.
In the end, we can’t say that cleaning your home is considered an exercise. Well, that’s not entirely true. It is an exercise, but not a very good one. If you want to lose weight and burn calories, don’t turn to house cleaning as your only method of doing so. If you combine this with your usual jogging, cycling, going to the gym – you’ll achieve surprising results.