• Wash Clothes and Exercise? Yes, You Can With The New Bike Washing Machines

    Plus, do ordinary household chores help you lose weight? Find out.
  • Wash Clothes and Exercise? Yes, You Can With The New Bike Washing Machines
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    A whole day is almost always never enough to accomplish everything in our to-do list. From the moment we wake up, we are already attending to the kids, the hubby, or the home and only finding small pockets of time for ourselves, if we're lucky. 

    However, we get help occasionally when hubby takes his fair share of things-to-do in the house and when we get the kids to help with simple chores (in fact, your kids learn a lot more fom doing chores than just how to wash dishes or mop floors). Still, trusted and reliable inventions that are designed to help accomplish home tasks easier and faster also make a difference. 

    Wouldn't it be great to have home appliances that can do the task and help you burn calories as well? That way you hit two birds with one stone, right?

    Well, the new invention Bike Washing Machine (BWM) would certainly fall in that category. With this appliance, you can wash clothes while you get some exercise. It's similar to the foot-powered tiny washing machine Drumi.

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    Students at the Dalian Nationalities University in China designed the bike that has a back wheel washing machine capsule. It will take you about two to three kilometers of pedaling to wash one cycle. That's not bad exercise at all, and eco-friendly as well.

    In fact, it not only cleans clothes, "the pedaling motion causes the drum of the washing machine to rotate; at the same time, superfluous electricity is generated which can be used to power the display screen or [be] stored for future use,"  according to the description of a similar product BiWa submitted by Barbara Tobolova on the design website Tuvie.  While the product is at the design stages, we bet many moms and homemakers are already thinking of investing in one, granted that the price is affordable enough.

    Since both bike washing machines are not actually in the market yet, don't fret. Doing household chores in itself already burns calories, but not as much as we'd like to imagine. Richard Cotton, an exercise physiologist and national director of certification at the American College of Sports Medicine, talking to Livescience suggested that people need to incorporate a broad range of physical activity into their exercise routine--not just household chores. 

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    So, while 30 minutes of vacuuming is no match to 30 minutes of running in terms of calories burned, it could still be considered baby steps, right? Here are some home tasks and the number of calories they burn when done for 30 minutes:

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    • Carrying boxes on a flight of stairs burns 352 calories
    • Gardening burns 157 calories
    • Vacuuming burns 137 calories
    • Light cleaning burns 98 calories
    • Cooking burns 98 calories
    • Childcare burns also 98 calories
    • Making the bed burns 78 calories

    According to Juliette Kellow, B.S.C., R.D., post on Weightlossresources.co.uk, for one hour of…

    • Mopping floors burns 194 calories
    • Washing the car burns 243 calories
    • Cleaning windows burn 180 calories
    • Ironing burns 113 calories

    An experiment conducted by the Daily Mail on calories burned for 30 minutes of household chores yielded these results:

    • Scrubbing the bath burns 200 calories
    • Carrying shopping bags home burns 190 calories
    • Preparing dinner burns 80 calories 

    As you can see, some chores give you a workout; some barely makes you sweat, right? This is why it's important to carve some me-time into your schedule. We can do this, moms!

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