Research shows that as the amount of time men and women spend on food preparation increases, the likelihood that those same people will exercise more decreases. Do you feel like you have no time to workout? Do you have a full, demanding schedule or have a house full of kids (like me) that make exercise non-existent? If you’re about to indulge in a decadent meal, it can also help balance out some of the damage. Here are some great ways to burn calories while you’re cooking.
The Effective Ways To Calories Burned When Cooking
- Wipe Surfaces: Wiping down the kitchen counter may seem boring and uninspiring but you can burn up to 20 calories an hour when you wipe with gusto. Make your kitchen the cleanest and most hygienic it’s ever been by wiping the counters vigorously before you start to prepare your meal. Scrub the counters thoroughly and move your arms as you clean. You could try listening to some fast, upbeat music while you clean for inspiration to work faster and harder.
- Skillet curls: Hold your heaviest skillet by the handle with one hand and do 10 bicep curls on each side. You can do this lateral shoulder exercise when you have a minute to spare while preparing dinner.
- Sweeping/Mopping/Vacuuming is a great upper/lower body workout. You should pick the areas on the floor that are the dirtiest first and work your way to the cleaner areas to get the best workout. If you do this method, you will be burning 240 calories per hour. If you do this type of cleaning all day long, your calories burned will really rack up and you will get a great workout. So, don’t shy away from either sweeping, mopping or vacuuming. These chores will pay off for you.
- Get organized: Burn about 260 calories an hour just by organizing closets and shelves, boxing up old clothes and unwanted items and getting rid of clutter. A great excuse to spring clean throughout the year.
- Mix Manually: Sure, it’s way easier to blend your muffin or cake batter with an electric mixer, but if you do it by hand you can torch some calories. Use a regular spoon and stir your ingredients by hand. Not only are you burning calories, but you’re also working the muscles in your arms.
- Slice and Dice Vigorously: Anytime you get your heart rate going, you are burning calories. Put your all into slicing and dicing and you can burn a few extra calories while you prep dinner. Granted, you can’t rely on this as your only means of calorie burning, but it can’t hurt, can it? And when you’re done, you have the makings for a tasty dish of fajitas or a yummy salad.
- Use the Pots and Pans: Here’s something you may not have thought about when you’re cooking your family’s meals. Before you put water or carrots into a pan, use it to do a set of arm raises. Put a pot in each hand and raise them above your head, completing a series of repetitions.
- Kitchen Sink Leg Lifts: Leg raises help shape your but, hips and thighs. You can do this exercise while doing the dishes (another great kitchen workout!) or when waiting for your cake to cool down. For a backwards leg lift, keep your leg straight and lift it about 90 degrees while bending forward. When your leg is at the highest it should be parallel to the kitchen floor. Repeat 10 times and then switch to the other leg. Don’t let your foot touch the ground between repetitions. Alternate with side and forward leg lifts.
- Mash by Hand: I have this great kitchen tool called an immersion blender that makes quick work of large batches of guacamole, mashed potatoes, re-fried beans and much more. It’s faster and easier, but you can burn more calories mashing by hand with an old school potato masher. You’ve probably felt the burn in your arms that occurs when you mash. Take that as your cue to knowing you’re getting a good workout in.
Therefore, these household chores are great ways to burn calories. However, if you are serious about losing weight fast, I highly recommend.