On Housecleaning as Exercise

by Andrea on April 25, 2012

I must hereby admit that my exercise routine of late has mostly consisted of walking every day. It might not get the heart rate up quite as high, but I enjoy it.

So there.

A dishwasher containing clean dishes

Unloading the dishwasher is my least favorite chore.

I haven’t had much energy the past few weeks. I just want to come home and instantly become vertical on the sofa. I know. Pathetic.

But not last night. I had normal people energy levels. So much so that I cleaned every room in the entire house after a full day of productive work in the office. I just don’t know what got into me. I should probably go to the doctor and have my head checked. I think I finally couldn’t take all the muddy dog paw prints all over the living room floor.  There was the putting away of clutter (not all mine, mind you!), sweeping, dishwasher unloading, dishwasher refilling, bed making, laundry folding, and all kinds of other good things going down. The house looks fabulous.

And I think I burnt at least 150 calories in the process.

Oh, and I even paid some bills that were burning a hole in my purse.

That didn’t burn any calories though. Just cash.

I probably should have kept going…maybe written some inspirational poetry (I haven’t written any poetry since freshman year in high school, I think) or maybe found a publisher for my novel…but, after hours of dusting and scrubbing, I parked it in the Lazy Boy with a piece of cold pineapple pizza and watched The Voice.

A well deserved zone-out moment, I believe.

I think there should be a new Law of the Universe where a woman automatically loses at least one pound every time she cleans the house…plus an automatic two-pound loss every time she pays the household bills. At least that way, you could eat chocolate ice cream every time you pay the bills and have a calorie-neutral experience. You might be broke, but at least you’d be happy.


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Shauna April 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Very much agreed Andrea. I love your writing and your posts. And I think walking is great too, no need to apologize there-at all. Glad you got to clean, I love cleaning, I just do. Take care,

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marie April 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I cleaned my house top to bottom on Monday and it looked fantastic!!!!! Now two days later it still looks pretty good, I so enjoy a clean house, it makes me so happy :) But how rad if I lost weight while doing it. I am pretty sure I burned maybe 90 calories.
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Ameena April 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

I agree! Unloading the dishwasher is my least favorite chore…I’d almost rather was all the dishes by hand. Is that odd?

But I do love my kitchen to be spotless…never considered how many calories I burn in the process. Bonus!
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Kat April 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

1. I’m totally in for the pounds-for-cleaning plan.

2. The entire month of March I just wanted to pass-out. I was beyond exhausted CONSTANTLY. Ugh. Stay strong.
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Dr. Sunita Banerji April 30, 2012 at 3:21 am

Lol @ ‘That didn’t burn any calories though. Just cash……”. I am a cosmetic surgery doctor from Mumbai, India and out here in Mumbai, most apartment dwellers do not have the space nor money to invest in dish washers. So dish washing is actually a calorie-burning experience – what with standing on your feet for the longest time washing and rubbing the utensils. Though we do get plentiful maids and helps here to do the job for us, they are ones who burn the calories! But I do admit that getting one’s house in order especially if you have a large house can help you burn calories and not to mention develop a strong core especially if it involves a lot of standing and bending! I think you should have asked your readers a question – what household chore do you despise the most and the one which makes you sweat the hardest? Mine would have to be changing the bedsheets – a task that is best relegated to my maid!
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