Does Vacuuming Count as Exercise?

Does Vacuuming Count as Exercise?

Great question! The simple answer is—not exactly, but it falls under the category of non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), which holds equal importance to traditional, structured exercise.

Nowadays, we're less active than ever, with more desk jobs, lifestyle conveniences, and technology use. But did you know that staying active, even outside the gym, can significantly impact your daily calorie burn?

In this blog, discover the significance of NEAT, its impact on your overall well-being, and practical ways to incorporate more movement into your daily routine.

What Is NEAT?

NEAT encompasses the energy expended during daily activities aside from sleeping, eating, and deliberate physical exercise. It includes everyday movements such as walking, standing, fidgeting, gardening, vacuuming, and even typing.

Here’s why NEAT activity is so important:

  1. NEAT accounts for about 15% of your total daily energy expenditure (the total number of calories your body burns in one day).1 The more active you are, the more energy you burn.
  2. Being active all day with NEAT activities can be as helpful as a structured workout for reducing your risk of chronic diseases and improving overall health.1
  3. The best part is, you can move more each day without paying for a trainer or a gym membership and do things that you enjoy.

    How to Include NEAT Activities Into Your Day

    Increasing NEAT is something you can do with simple changes to your daily routine. Here are some ideas to get you started:

    • Daily stretches
    • Household chores—laundry, dishes, vacuuming
    • Parking farther away and walk
    • Gardening and yard work
    • More cooking activities—shopping, chopping, kitchen prep

    Make staying active enjoyable by aiming to reduce sedentary time each day and setting alarms as reminders to move. Don't forget that protein can amplify the benefits of exercise, supporting recovery and the preservation of lean muscle mass.2 Try blending up a protein shake after completing tasks or spending time in the yard.


    While NEAT activities may not replace traditional exercise, they hold significant importance in our daily calorie expenditure and overall well-being.

    In today's increasingly sedentary world, where technology and modern conveniences dominate, incorporating NEAT movements into our daily routines can make a big difference. By embracing activities like daily stretches, household chores, parking farther away, gardening, and cooking, we can boost our NEAT levels without the need for expensive gym memberships or personal trainers.

    Remember, staying active throughout the day not only helps burn calories but also reduces the risk of chronic diseases and promotes better health. So, let's make the most of NEAT and keep moving toward a healthier lifestyle. And don't forget to enjoy a protein shake postactivity to support muscle recovery and maintenance.


    1. Chung N et al. J Exerc Nutrition Biochem. 2018;22(2):23–30.
    2. Kreider RB et al. Phys Sportsmed. 2009;37(2):13-21.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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