Struggling to Work Out With a New Baby? Parenting Can Burn As Many Calories As 42,759 Burpees a Month
Being a new parent isn’t easy, in any sense of the world. From sleepless nights to breastfeeding, household chores to never getting a single second to yourself, parenting is easily one of the toughest jobs you’ll ever find yourself having the pleasure to do. And with all the added exhaustion that comes from having a brand new baby, exercising is probably the last thing on the day’s agenda.
But before you start thinking that you’re failing at getting back into shape after having a baby, take a look at this. You probably won’t believe us, but one study actually proves that parenting can burn loads of calories, and tons of them too.
The study, which was conducted by Wren Kitchens, shared that brand new parents can actually burn up to 1478 calories every single day. And when added together, this could roughly add up to 42,759 burpees a month.
The study recruited 1000 adults with children between the ages of 3 and 6. All of the participants were asked about what particular activities they did every day like cooking, laundry and going on walks with their babies, as well as how much time they spent doing each activity in order to know how many calories they burned doing them.
Notably, the activities that showed that they shed the most fat were carrying and dressing small children, as well as feeding and bathing them, burning an average 250 calories per activity.
Meanwhile, loading and unloading the car, sweeping floors, and vacuuming all burned between 317 to 387 calories. But the activity that topped the charts for most burned calories doing household chores was mopping, which led to parents burning at least 405 calories.
Look at the graphs below to better understand the breakdown of calories and which activities led to the highest amount of burned calories daily and weekly.
Instead of feeling bad for missing out on a few sweat sessions, know that parenting is tough and extremely tiring.
Of course if you’re looking for more ways to get in shape and spend time focusing on you, check out this link. A little “me time” can do wonders for parents regardless of whether they have newborns, active toddlers or energetic preschoolers.