Housework for Exercise

Easy Exercise Ideas

by WLR Staff, Adam Vaughan

Becoming more active benefits your health, helps you lose weight and improves your body shape

Start now - make exercise part of your daily routine. At any age, increasing your daily activity, even by a small amount, can make a difference.

Our bodies are designed to be active and all activity / exercise will develop and firm the muscles of the body. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore. Moderate exercise for half an hour 3 to 5 times a week can bring enormous health benefits. Read on to find ways you can become more active, lose that fat and have some fun… 


Make a determined effort to walk throughout the day. Get off the bus or train a stop or two before your destination and walk the rest of the way; park your car in the furthest space in the car park; walk up and down stairs (no lifts); walk the children to school; walk to the local corner shop for your newspaper or milk, etc.

15 min moderate walking will burn 52 extra kcal* 

Housework Can Do the Trick!

Turn those tiresome chores into healthy positive ones! Turn on the music and clean the windows, hoover, dust and wash up at a brisk pace, and burn off those calories.

15 min hoovering / dusting will burn 38 extra kcal*

Get Out In the Garden

Mowing the lawn, weeding and digging all count.

30 min weeding will burn 104 extra kcal*

Clean Your Car

Time you ran your car through the wash? Why not wash it by hand? It's cheaper, better for the environment and a great form of exercise. Put your back into it and you'll get a better result! 

30 min moderate car washing will burn 86 extra kcal*

Play Actively With the Kids / Get Some Friends Together

How about heading for the park for some football, rounders, or frisbee throwing. Or dusting off the bike for a leisurely ride?

30 min recreational cycling will burn 90 extra kcal*

Try A Sport

Dip into our try a sport section for more information on a variety of exercise - walking, cycling, swimming, skipping, yoga ... and more.

The important thing is to become active so that your heart is pumping blood at a slightly increased rate and you are burning calories in empowering your muscles! Go for it...

*Based on a 40 year old female of 5’5" tall who weighs 12st 7lb and is moderately sedentary. Extra calories are those you burn on top of the calories you use for basic day-to-day living. Inputting your exercise into your exercise diary will calculate the number of calories you will burn based on your weight, age, gender and background activity level.

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