Want to lose weight like they did in the 50’s?

workoutContinuing my journey into the world of our grandparents – “Want to lose weight like a 50’s Housewife?” I’m pretty sure some middle aged beer bellied male advertising executive (think Mad Men) came up with this slogan so I’m going to change it!

“Want to lose weight like your grandparents?”

The 1950’s workout is something you can do to not only lose weight but also have a cleaner home! As we’ve been going through the lockdown we are becoming more sedentary than normal – The height of activity for me is refreshing the facebook feed! I have found over the years that to lose weight I have to exercise (lost over two stone at once when I started carpet cleaning). Now that we’re back in the sofa we need to build in more general activity.


That’s where taking some tips from 1950s comes in. They weren’t sitting in front of a computer or strolling through Instagram all day, they were active and that’s something we could all use more of.

According to a study, by the woman’s magazine Prima, they burned more than 1,000 calories a day doing housework. Now we burn just around 560. That almost 500 calories more burned is like two bars of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk!


Tips for Losing Weight the 1950’s Way

  • Hoover more often. Hoovering is good exercise and it is a chore many people are starting to do less often. Vacuuming often is better for our allergies and overall health, especially if you have pets.
  • Try a 1950s Cleaning Routine. It’s not just vacuuming that burns calories, all cleaning tasks get you moving. If you really want to give the 1950s housewife thing a try then try a 1950s cleaning routine. It’s a fun experiment and will really get you moving.
  • Cook from scratch. Cooking from scratch is often better for us tastes better, and uses more labor so you burn more calories. It’s best if you pick healthy meals but it’s okay to make room for treats as well and making them yourself is better than buying them.
  • Start a garden. Gardening is a great form of exercise and can be pretty rewarding. You can start a flower or vegetable garden.
  • Use a clothesline. Clotheslines save money and help your clothes last longer. It also gets you moving and some vitamin D.
  • Do some spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is becoming a thing of the past but it’s a great way to get those seasonal tasks done and burn some calories at the same time. And don’t just do this seasonal clean in the spring, get in the habit of doing a big clean each new season.
  • Try a vintage workout. The Jack LaLanne Show was a popular fitness show starting in the 1950s. They were simple workouts that were geared to housewives and could be done in your own home.

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