Lets take some activities like washing your car, mowing the lawn, yard work, going up stairs etc., these all burn a good amount of calories as you are using your whole body.
Now to maximize the amount of calories burned we need to understand a formula:
Power = Work / Time
This means that the less time you take to complete a certain activity the more power output you have, so there is a big difference in power output if you wash your car in 45 min. or do the same job in 25 min. Or if you mow a ¼ acre yard in 60 min. verses in 40 min. (no riding mower please…). With that in mind you can burn up to twice as many calories performing the same activity just by “speeding it up”.
Another factor is that our body reacts and changes much better to intensity rather then duration, its also better for our cardiovascular system as your heart rate has to adapt to the demand of the intensity of the activity.
So lets get your chores done “faster” (while still maintaining quality and safety) and you not only burn more calories but also have time for other activities and score points with your significant other.