Cleaning house burns FAT!

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how cleaning house burns fat

How can cleaning house burn calories and fat? I had no idea until I strapped on my Polar FT40 Heart Rate Monitor and tried it for myself.  The heart rate monitor keeps track of your heart rate and beeps when I go above fat burning BPMs and into fitness.

The higher your heart rate when you exercise, the less fat your burn. So keep it in a lower range and work out for a longer period of time to burn more fat!

When I cleaned house, I did it for an hour. As I folded clothes, I ran clothes to their rooms. After completing a chore, I either did burpees, jumping jacks, jump squats, or lunges. So it wasn’t a leisurely pick-up time, it was a fat-blasting hour! (and it kept me interested in the house work, I totally suggest this method)

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Check out the fat burning percentage here. I did high-cardio for half an hour (mostly running on the treadmill). Yes, I burned lots of calories, but my fat burning was only 11% – that is less than half of what I burned cleaning house.

This reaffirms what my personal trainer friend told me – to burn fat you need to focus on weights, not running and cardio. 

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Another feature I love about my Polar heart rate monitor is that you can take a fitness test and it tells you how in shape you are. It measures your at-rest oxygen levels.  According to the test, I am barely below average. This motivates me to continue working out to improve my fitness level and become healthier!

Go to instagram and search hashtag #PolarUSA for more pictures of people using their Polar HRMs! Follow me on Instagram, it’s tons of fun, I am always sharing funny and fun pics!

Please share with me!! What are your favorite ways to burn fat? Any exercises that you do weekly or daily? 

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.

Written by:: Annie

Annie Shultz has written 2054 post in this blog.

She is THE Mama Dweeb 🙂 She created this blog back in 2009 and loves to inspire and connect with others through her writing. She also loves talking, dreaming, 90s pop and country music.


    • Annie @ Mama Dweeb says

      Isn’t it the best?? I am totally doing this again today. Trying to increase the number of burpees and push ups I can do LOL

  1. says

    I got a Polar heart rate monitor last year for Christmas but haven’t used it lately (I had to quit my gym do to a bum knee) but never in a million years though housework could count! I love my Polar system and am excited I can start using it outside the gym – thanks for the tip!!

    • Annie @ Mama Dweeb says

      You gotta start using it LOL 🙂 Seriously, you can make up random work outs (I personally love finding ideas on Pinterest) and if you aren’t working hard enough, increase the intensity. So fun! No gym needed 🙂

    • Annie @ Mama Dweeb says

      You have a really great excuse for not having energy, Crystal! LOL One more month, I know you are feeling so ready!

    • Annie @ Mama Dweeb says

      Walking is awesome!! I walked all the time during my pregnancies (and it never did a thing for starting labor LOL)

  2. says

    Cleaning house does indeed burn calories. So does cleaning out your fridge (it helps to teach you what you should never buy again).

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