17/11/2013 07:44 GMT | Updated 17/11/2013 18:15 GMT

10 Chores That Can Help You Lose Weight



Hate the idea of going to the gym or lifting weights? Then consider the chores you do every day. Do enough vacuuming, dishwashing, and gardening among other chores, and you can burn serious calories. But first, take a look at the numbers to get an idea of just how much activity you need to lose weight.

Weight loss by the numbers

The average woman should consume 1,600 calories per day, the average man 2,000 calories per day, according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

But as we all know, most of us eat way more than that: The average person consumes 3,800 calories per day.

More than one-third (37%) of adults in the U.S. are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. (With the average weight being 196 pounds for men, and 159 pounds for women)

To lose just one pound of fat, you need to burn off 3,500 calories, according the American Council on Exercise. (Basically you need to burn at least 500 extra calories a day to lose some weight.)

Walking 10,000 steps a day can burn 300-500 calories. Do that with the chores listed below, and you can start to lose real weight.

Note: As always, before you start an exercise plan, even if it’s doing chores you normally do, talk to your doctor first.

10 Chores That Can Help You Lose Weight


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