As discussed in our previous article, cleaning your home can burn a decent amount of calories, especially if you do it regularly. Hoovering is a relatively difficult task, compared to other household chores, such as dusting and washing dishes. This is especially evident when vacuuming a thick shaggy rug, due to the increased resistance to the motion of the hoover. When moving the vacuum back and forth, you are working your legs, hips and shoulders in both directions. You are also using your core muscles to stabilize the motion, meaning you are getting a near total body workout. If you do this for an extended period of time, you will notice that the task is not at all trivial, even for those of you with good levels of fitness.
So how many calories do you burn by hoovering? A woman in her late 30s of average height and weight will burn close to 200 kcal from one hour of continuous hovering. Of course how many calories you burn by vacuuming depends on your weight to a significant degree, so if you are a few points higher on the BMI scale you can expect to burn up to 20% more. Remember to keep your back straight during any house work, and avoid jagged sideways movements in bending up and down. It is worth investing in a hoover with a variety of extensions for reaching corners and creases, so that you don’t have to kneel down regularly.