For decades, scientists have been conducting hundreds of studies that are aimed at finding effective methods of dealing with extra pounds without grueling workouts and strict diets. A new study shows that this is quite real, writes the Daily Mail .
A group of scientists from Loughborough University found that some household chores can help you get rid of extra pounds – one of the most effective and calorie-burning chores was the kitchen cleaning routine. Scientists are sure that in this case, not only a dirty stove will benefit, but also your body.
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The study involved a dozen professional cleaners who were given special trackers and allocated 5 houses for cleaning. According to study author Professor Amanda Daly, she and her colleagues later studied the data obtained from the trackers and compared them with calorie loss during other activities.
It turned out that 50 minutes of cleaning the kitchen is more effective in losing calories than dancing or even a bike ride of the same duration. What’s more, the results of the study show that cleaning the kitchen also burns more calories than cleaning any other room in the house.
And now more specifically. The study shows that cleaning the kitchen, on average, a person spends about 276 calories, while cleaning the bathroom takes only 173 calories from us, and cleaning the bedroom, on average, will require 1534 calories.
At the same time, scientists found that a 50-minute cleaning of the kitchen burns more calories than dancing or an hour-long bike ride – 219 and 292 calories.
Daley notes that cleaning the house can make our heart beat faster and we consume more calories. However, this alone may not be enough. So Cambridge personal trainer Joe Mitton suggested using some tricks to enhance the effect of cleaning. For example, he suggests not bending over to clean something, but squatting and holding a squat to make your cleaning routine an even more effective way to fight excess weight.