Spring Cleaning is Good Medicine

In early March the Arthritis Foundation and Ohio Health partnered to host “You Can Do It Columbus.” This one-day event featured experts in exercise and joint health from across the Midwest. Participants learned that while exercise can be done in a gym, there are plenty of other ways to get the physical activity you need.

Spring is here and with it comes spring cleaning. But did you know that time spent mopping, dusting, sweeping, and scrubbing isn’t just good for your home – it’s also good for your health? Cleaning can be a great way to engage in physical activity. Check out how many calories you’ll burn doing these common chores:

  • 20 minutes of vacuuming = 56 calories
  • 30 minutes of folding clothes = 75 calories
  • 30 minutes of dusting = 80 calories
  • 20 minutes of washing the car = 102 calories
  • 30 minutes of mopping the floor = 153 calories
  • 60 minutes of gardening = 324 calories

Please note that the calories burned are estimates based on an average adult. You may burn more or fewer calories.

If you’re looking for other ways to get fit no matter what the season, check out the Arthritis Foundation Programs for Better Living. The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, Exercise Program, and Tai Chi Program are a great way to fight arthritis pain and its limitations. Programs are offered at community centers across central Ohio. To find a class, contact us at 614-876-8200 or visit www.arthritis.org/ohio/central-ohio.


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