Household Chores that Burn the Most Calories 


By Danielle McLaughlin

When you’re having one of those days when you just don’t feel like going to the gym, try doing a few chores around the house. You’ll burn calories while getting some housework done, which is a win-win.

1. Gardening

Gardening can be a great full-body workout if you are shoveling, planting, squatting, etc. Thirty minutes of gardening can burn 213 calories!

Calories burned per hour: 416

Woman planting flowers in her backyard, Rome, Italy

2. Mowing the Lawn

Get outside and get mowing! Turns out you can burn major calories spending just an hour outside mowing the lawn. Do you have a small yard? Be a good neighbor and mow your neighbor’s lawn for an extra calorie burn.

Calories burned per hour: 325

Mature woman mowing sunlit garden lawn with lawn mower

3. Vacuuming

Thirty minutes of vacuuming burns 90 calories, which is the same number of calories as 15 minutes of boxing! This is a great way to burn some calories and keep your home tidy! Multitasking at its finest.

Calories burned per hour: 180

Mother vaccuming the livingroom

4. Dusting

Dusting (otherwise known as my least favorite household chore) can burn up to 25 calories in 25 minutes.

Calories burned per hour: 100

Woman cleansing windowsill with feather duster


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