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Turn Your Chores Into Calorie Blasters

The gym can be an intimidating place for a fitness novice. It’s a good thing you can actually start getting physically active and burning calories through every day household activities.

While these chores don’t exactly get your sweat on, they’re a good place to start earning your calorie-burning credit. Plus, being more aware of the amount of physical activity you get in a day just might inspire you to eventually sign up for that group class or lace up your sneakers for a jog.

In the meantime, consider these chores your sneaky calorie scorchers.

Activity Calories Burned Per Minute
Changing a diaper 3.2
Cooking 2.1
Folding Laundry 2.1
Gardening 4.8
Ironing 2.4
Mopping 3.2
Playing with your puppy 5.3
Setting the Table 2.6
Sewing 1.6
Sweeping 3.5
Washing Dishes 2.7
Vacuuming 3.7
(Calories burned per minute based on a 135-pound woman.)

Trisha Bautista is a freelance writer, food and product stylist, social media manager, and violin teacher. She was formerly editorial assistant and social media editor for Women’s Health Philippines, and the assistant lifestyle editor and social media editor for Cosmopolitan Philippines. She enjoys discovering easy recipe hacks, working out by herself and trying out DIY workout programs, traveling outdoors, and enjoying wine and whiskey.

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