We’ve received many questions like this recently, and the answer is almost always the same. You will not burn any worthwhile amount of calories doing things that don’t make you physically tired – like ironing. Of course there are extreme conditions that will make you sweat, like ironing clothes on an industrial scale with antiquated equipment, but for most purposes this isn’t the case. So how many calories do you burn by ironing? Refer to your base metabolic rate and add a few kcal because you iron standing.
There are some side factors that may affect the way you perceive your ironing ‘workout’. For instance, you may notice that ironing in a closed room will make you sweat, which in turn will make you lose weight. However, the only weight you are losing is water, which is being released in the form of sweat on your skin – and this doesn’t count. If you want to turn your ironing session into a workout, then take turns ironing one shirt and then doing 20 push ups, and repeat. Otherwise, you could try ironing in a stress position, such as in a squat. However, do not do this if you feel unstable, as you may end up burning yourself.