Hate heading to the gym? Don't we all. If, like us, you want drop a few pounds for summer without having to put yourself through the hellish ordeal of boot camp or expensive, gruelling fitness classes, then this clever at-home workout plan will seriously up your weight loss game. It's free, you can easily work it into your weekly schedule and, if you don't want to, you won't even have to leave the house.
If you thought household chores were a bore, think again! You can work off up to 1,000 calories by simply scrubbing the floors and doing the hoovering, according to new research. Who knew?
A day of housework that includes vacuuming, cleaning windows, scrubbing the floors and mowing the lawn can burn over 1,000 calories. Who knew 30 minutes of hoovering could work your core muscles as well as burning off some of your favourite snacks? And we're not talking healthy snacks either, oh no! Think pizza, beer, cheeseburgers, wine and chocolate bars. Ever better.
Basically you can blast your own home workout, by simply doing the housework. Clever right?
Each household chore targets different muscle groups, according to Stormclad.co.uk, so if you mix them together, you'll be working all your core muscles to create the perfect full-body workout.
Scrubbing the floors will work your core and your upper arms, as well as toning up your abs. It can even work off a large slice of pizza. If you really want to up your workout game, you can use both hands and practice your planking — your core will love you for it.
Hoovering is also great for working the core, whilst washing windows can strengthen the upper body.
And if you're worried about your cardio, you needn't be. According to, mowing the lawn will give you the equivalent workout to a 25-minute game of badminton.
It doesn't stop there either. The dull DIY projects you keep constantly putting off could actually help you drop a few pounds too. 30 minutes of painting really works your upper arms, as well as burning 210 calories – or the equivalent of 1 ½ glasses of wine. It might be time to redecorate the hallway this weekend!
This certainly puts a whole new spin on doing the housework. Anyone else inclined to reach for the polish and feather duster?