Women With Clean Houses Have Better Bodies

House CleaningI hate to be the bearer of bad news, but according to a recent study, if you want to have a fit body, you're gonna have to get a little dirty.

I'm talkin' dusting, mopping, vacuuming, and scrubbing the toilets. And maybe throw in some sweeping for good measure. That's right, I'm talking about house cleaning.

Time recently reported that, according to new research by physical activity expert NiCole Keith at Indiana University, the better-kept the home, the more exercise an individual gets.


The long-term study, which started in 2000, involved 998 African Americans between the ages of 49 and 65 located in St. Louis, Missouri. While Keith's study was based on physical activity levels in older, urban African American adults, the results likely translate to every ethnicity.

I think there's something to this, because I have a friend who cannot sit still when she's home -- she's always sweeping, or wiping, or just generally tidying up. And yep, she's got a great figure.

Just 30 minutes can make a big difference for your health and your house!

  • Mopping floors burns 112 calories in 30 minutes (according to Fitness Magazine)
  • Scrubbing the bath burns 200 calories in 30 minutes*
  • Making beds burns 130 calories in 30 minutes*
  • Cleaning windows burns 125 calories in 30 minutes*
  • Vacuuming burns 90 calories in 30 minutes*
  • Dusting burns 50 calories in 30 minutes*

    (*according to FitDay)

I'm a vacuuming gal myself, but I may take up mopping soon, too! 

What's your fave calorie-busting household chore?

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