(Cover) – EN Fitness & Wellbeing – If you’ve indulged a little bit too much this Easter, and let’s face it who hasn’t, then now is the time to start burning off those extra pounds.

From divine chocolate eggs to calorie laden roasts, Easter for a lot of people is all about food, family, and then a bit more food. So we’ve rounded up some simple ways to sweat out all that excess, starting with a little bit of spring cleaning.


It’s the season of spring cleaning, and while your house gets a blitz, so can your body. The experts at MuscleFood.com decided to find out what household chores burned the most calories, with washing up for 15 minutes every day for a week coming in top, burning a whopping 560 calories – that’s the same as a 2,500 metre swim. In second place is three hours of ironing, which may sound like a lot, but doing a big pile of clothes in one go can work off 420 calories – the same as a Zumba class. And taking the bronze medal is an hour of cleaning windows or mowing the lawn, which both produce similar results of around 330 calories.


If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where the sun is shining, make the most of the great outdoors with a brisk walk. The people at U.K. walking-based charity Living Streets worked out that to burn off 10 mini chocolate eggs, you need to walk for 45 minutes, while putting away four mini chocolate rabbits will require a 50 minute stroll. For those that went all out and consumed half of a normal sized Easter egg, you’ll need to up the exercise time to 100 minutes.

Five-minute fat burners

Life is busy, with exercise often put on the backburner when it comes to hectic schedules. But you don’t need to dedicate hours to the gym – in fact five minutes will often do the trick. Instead of watching the TV when you’re cooking your dinner, why not squeeze in some five-minute fat burners, like skipping with a skipping rope, which can burn 108 calories, or jogging on the spot, which will see you shift 45 calories.

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