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Easy Home Workouts

Easy Home Workouts

When you consider chores as exercise, it's easy to fit in fitness every day.

Want to exercise to manage your cholesterol, but can't seem to fit it into your day? Here's good news: You don't have to follow a structured workout program -- as long as you get enough physical activity in your daily routine. For example, one study found stair-climbing as little as 6 minutes a day can help lower your triglycerides. Other daily activities add up, too.

Here's how many calories a 150-pound person burns in 30 minutes of doing these household chores:

  • Moving furniture: 225 calories
  • Scrubbing floors: 189 calories
  • Raking leaves: 171 calories
  • Gardening: 169 calories
  • Mowing the lawn: 162 calories
  • Washing the car: 153 calories
  • Cleaning windows: 153 calories

Try to rack up at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every day. And you don't have to do it all at once—splitting it up into three 10-minute bouts is just as good.

Medically reviewed in July 2018.

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