But if you’re currently feeling guilty for skipping out on a sweat sesh in favour of extra couch time, don’t be. Coz new research has found that being a mum burns major cals regardless.
According to the study, conducted by Wren Kitchens, the general duties associated with parenting torch up to 1478 calories a day. Which, btw, roughly equates to 42,759 burpees a month.
For their research, researchers recruited 1000 adults with kids between 3 and 6 years of age. Each participant was surveyed to find out what their daily activities were (e.g. cooking meals, pushing a stroller) and how much time they spent doing these to calculate their average calorie expenditure. Interestingly, carrying small children and dressing, bathing and feeding them torched the most fat.
Here's a more detailed breakdown of the calories burned via daily activities vs weekly activities:
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