Spring Cleaning As Exercise

Meri Raffetto

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It’s spring, the perfect time to attend to cleaning the yard and house. It can be a chore during the process, but once you have your closets organized, the house cleaned, and flowers planted it feels wonderful! All of this work can also help you work towards your weight loss goals. Any extra movement burns more calories and burning more calories on a regular basis results in weight loss.

See how you can do some much needed spring cleaning and burn some calories at the same time. Keep in mind these numbers are just estimates. It truly depends on how much you weigh and the duration of the activity. For the following examples a one hour duration was used.

ActivityEstimated Calories Burned
General Gardening (picking weeds, etc)350-400
Mowing lawn (push lawn mowers)350-400
Planting trees and flowers350-400
General housecleaning250-300
Scrubbing Floors390-470
Washing Windows320-375

This just goes to show that daily activity and movement helps to keep you physically fit. You can make small fitness gains and in this case get your Spring cleaning done all at the same time! Get out and stay active every day.


  • Meri Raffetto

    Meri Raffetto was the original founder of Real Living Nutrition. A triplet mom and author of the Glycemic Index Diet for Dummies and coauthor of the Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies, and Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies.