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Spring forward: Maximize your workout during spring cleaning

It’s that time of year when people begin to clear out the old and bring in the new. For some, that means spring cleaning.

This year, make your spring cleaning plans the ultimate workout by not only tidying up that dusty attic but also by shedding those last few pounds.

The following are general estimates of calories you could burn during one hour of each activity according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

Moving furniture - The lifting and stretching involved with moving furniture can burn roughly 422 calories for a person weighing 155 pounds. According to Men’s Fitness Magazine, the resistance training involved with an activity (like pushing a heavy couch) increases muscle mass and ­chances of burning fat.

Vacuuming - Pushing that vacuum back and forth could burn up to 170 calories. The more vigorous you are in reaching every nook and cranny, the more you are going to maximize your workout with this activity.

Mowing the lawn - Manually mowing the lawn (i.e. push mower) after those drizzling April showers will burn roughly 422 calories. Using a riding mower does not count!

Cleaning the office - Spring cleaning also includes the office. Whether it is filing or deleting contacts from the phone or computer, do it standing up.