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12:00am 18th March 2012

York challenged to take up the housework heptathlon for health.

Research shows how to burn recommend min daily cals in under an hour.

Mr. Motivator gives people in York his top tips for staying fit with everyday chores

York families are being called on to turn their home into the gym, as picking up a mop or duster can not only make a contribution to fitness and health - but it can also keep your house spick and span as an added bonus!

The British Science Association has teamed up with legendary fitness guru Mr. Motivator for National Science & Engineering Week 2012, to help keep people in York fit whilst doing everyday jobs around the home.

Research conducted with the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University shows that doing up to an hour of chores a day can burn off the minimum daily recommendation of 200 kcal of moderate intensity exercise:

The Heptathlon and time

1.    Dusting the house or changing bed linen    60 mins
2.    Mopping floors     45 mins
3.    Vacuuming carpets    45 mins
4.    Going shopping with a basket instead of a trolley, carrying it home and putting it away    45 mins
5.    Scrubbing the bathroom    45 mins
6.    Gardening    40 mins
7.    Mowing the lawn    30 mins

David Stensel, Reader in Exercise Metabolism at Loughborough University says:

"Research has shown that some household activities use enough energy to be classified as moderate intensity physical activity. The minimum recommendation for this type of activity is approximately 200 kcals of energy expenditure per day.

"The amount of activity required to burn this will vary depending on age and body mass amongst other factors but for the average person aged 35, the calculations in the Housework Heptathlon are a good guideline for a way to expend energy and do something constructive around the home."

Mr. Motivator, who has provided advice for people to get the most from their household workout, added:

"Whether it's dusting a mantle-piece, cleaning the bath or cutting the grass, putting in some elbow grease around the home can help people in York work up to the energy levels needed to shed the suggested daily calorie count. Grab your cleaning products and become a Housework Heptathlete now for better health!"

The theme for National Science & Engineering Week this year is 'our world in motion' and what better way for residents in York to get in the spirit of things than to join the Housework Heptathlon.

The British Science Association has also come up with a 'Top of the Mops' top 10 songs to help boost your exercise during the housework routine:

1.    Shine, Take That
2.    Car Wash, Rose Royce
3.    So Fresh, So Clean, Outkast
4.    The Boy Does Nothing, Alesha Dixon
5.    Coming Clean, Greenday
6.    Shine On, Kooks
7.    Work, Saturdays
8.    Beat It, Michael Jackson
9.    Do Somethin', Britney Spears
10.    Steam, East 17

For more of Mr. Motivator's Housework Heptathlon tips, visit www.facebook.com/ScienceWeekUK. To get the latest updates on National Science & Engineering Week 2012 visit www.nsew.org.uk or follow on Twitter @ScienceWeekUK.

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