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How to Get a Workout in While You Clean?

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To get a workout in while you clean, add some simple cardio and muscle exercises in between chores. Cleaning is one of those things that takes time and interrupts us from other important things like a healthy exercise routine. But what if you really could get a workout in while you clean? To learn more about how you can burn some extra calories while tidying up your home, keep reading.

Does Cleaning Burn Calories?

To start things off, yes! Cleaning does burn calories. The Compendium of Physical Activities (Ainsworth et al., 2011) published in 2011 records that home chores like washing the dishes, vacuuming, mopping, taking out the trash, dusting, and so on can typically burn between 85-226 calories.

Now, we know that’s not a full work out, but keep that small win in mind because it does mean something! That 85-226 burned-calories are better than nothing!

But if you’re ready to kick it up a notch and get a real workout in while you clean, we have just the thing for you.

Exercises You Can Do While Cleaning

You’re not going to be dancing with your vacuum or using your mop as a bench-press bar or anything, but you will be moving a lot more and feeling your heart rate pick up.

The goal is that between every “chore” you incorporate one of these workout sets.

So, if you go from dishes to dusting, you’ll get a mini work out in. Then from dusting to vacuuming, you’ll get another set in. This goes on and on until your home cleaning is done, or until you get 5 sets in.

Option 1 

  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 30 Seconds of Planking

Option 2

  • 15 Burpees
  • 25 Crunches
  • 20 Calf Raises

Option 3 

  • 50 High Knees
  • 10 Squats
  • 10 Tricep Dips

Option 4 

  • Run a Flight of Stairs 10 Times
  • 30 seconds to 1 minute of Wall Dips
  • 10 Dead Bugs

Option 5 

  • 15 Mountain Climbers
  • 10 Leg Raises
  • 10 Side Bends

Option 6 

  • 25 Butt Kicks
  • 10 High Boat to Low Boats
  • 10 Diamond Push-ups

The goal is to keep your cardio up, work your arms a little, and build your core.

You can mix and match these exercises how you please, and for a more in-depth work out you can move ideas around or build onto existing ideas. In no way should a guide like this ever replace a medical or physical professional though, these are just ideas to help you burn a few extra calories while cleaning the house.

How Not To Burn Energy

While you’re workout-cleaning, you’ll most likely get tired after a little while.

There are some things in your home you could spend hours trying to clean and never get it to be the way you want. Some examples of this include:

  • Heavy-duty Grout Cleaning
  • Carpet Stain Removal
  • Deep Cleaning a Hardwood Floor
  • Upholstery Stain Removal

You could have the muscles of Hercules and still not be able to scrub hard enough to restore your floors to their natural shine or remedy that nasty chocolate stain on your upholstery.

Don’t waste your energy on trying to clean things that home cleaning options can’t handle. As a professional cleaning company, we know how complex deep cleaning can get, but we have the right tools to do the job right.

You focus on things like the dishes, dusting, sanitizing the countertops, clearing out the fridge, sweeping the porch, and so on and call us to deep clean your floors and other difficult cleaning needs.

Want More Cleaning Ideas?

We hope this guide helps you step up your cleaning game. For more information about the services offered at Camelot Service Company, feel free to reach out and contact us online or by phone at 844-210-7333, or check out our blog page where we post tons of content. As a professional cleaning company in Kalamazoo and Lansing MI, Camelot is here to give your home the best cleaning services in Michigan.

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