Although it might not seem like too much of a workout, cleaning is one of many unlikely calorie burners. You can burn an average of 205 calories an hour during a cleaning frenzy—even more if you’re really moving (think cleaning out the gutters). Check out the top calorie-burning chores to make sure you maximize your “workout” potential.
We all love the feeling of a clean, clutter-free home, and that finished product, as well as the process itself, can reduce anxiety levels. In an article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine it stated that twenty minutes of activity—including housework—cuts anxiety and stress by as much as 20 percent.
Your daily sneeze attacks might become a thing of the past. By purging your home of those dust mites, you can improve or avoid allergies and hay fever entirely. Frequently vacuuming, washing your sheets and curtains, cleaning out your sink and refrigerator, and thoroughly dusting your furniture are among the best ways to control your allergies. Your annual Fall Clean is the perfect time to really reach those nooks and crannies that you rarely get to otherwise. Taking time now will save you headaches (and itchy, red eyes) later.
While our ability to multitask is now better than ever, a cluttered, messy house can sidetrack even the most focused among us. Without endless stacks of papers, piled up laundry, and an overflowing junk drawer, studies show you will be better able to concentrate on the task at hand. Having a clean workspace also allows you to better prioritize, because you are able to see what’s important without being bogged down by all the clutter surrounding you. With a little cleaning, you will be able to accomplish more in less time, and will quickly feel more optimistic and in control of your surroundings. Talk about multitasking!
We all need to vent sometimes, but instead of snapping at your significant other, take it out on the dust and dirt in your home. Cleaning is a productive way to release anger and frustration, which is why some people reach for a vacuum after a long day at work or a heated argument. Dealing with your anger in this way prevents you from saying or doing things you shouldn’t—it’s a relationship lifesaver.