Study Reveals You Burn 50,884 Calories Just By Looking After A Child

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If you're like most of us, we're always checking our daily calories burn and steps completed, as we try to live a healthy lifestyle. But if you're a parent, you have most definitely had moments where you wrangled a toddler after a massive temper tantrum or strapped a wiggly kiddos into their carseat and wondered just how many calories those exhausting moments actually burned. Turns out to be a lot more than we had ever imagined.

There are definitely times whenever we look at our kids and feel like we burn calories just from that simple glance. Right? Parenting is exhausting. According to a recent report by Wren Kitchen, every month your child is making you burn a staggering 50,884 calories (that’s the same as 42,759 burpees). So basically if you were debating about skipping the gym today, doing it while your kids are young gives you a pretty good excuse.

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This large number is broken down into 1,478 calories on daily activities such as changing diapers.  The study was conducted using 1,000 respondents and the results are pretty staggering.

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We all know that whenever we get caught up in the busyness of the day, that workouts can be pushed down to the bottom of the list. However, we're definitely not giving ourselves nearly enough credit for the calories burned just from going about our day and completing all of our regular household and parenting duties.

Based on the data collected from all of the studies participants, research has revealed mopping (405 calories for 138 minutes her day) to be the highest calorie burning household chore and laundry to be the least, but it still burnt a whopping 202 calories for the 71 minutes most people spend doing it per day.

Then, of course, when it comes to all the running around we do everyday with (and for) our children, just carrying our small children for an average of 108 minutes per day burned the most, 259 calories (ahem: the equivalent to 218 burpees) and the least being putting away their teeny clothes which burned 41 calories per a 27 minutes average per day.

Moral of the story: if you ever, ever, downplay how much work you are actually doing on a daily basis just being a mom, just remember that you're basically doing burpees all day long. Boom.

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