Whether you made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape or you’re just looking to add a bit more calorie-burning activity to your routine, the following tips can help you turn the task of cleaning your house into a workout.
To make the entire process more enjoyable, start out by turning on some fun, upbeat tunes. Like heading to the gym, a good playlist can make the time fly by exponentially faster. You might even want to look for something that you can sing to!
Lunge while You Vacuum
Did you know vacuums are actually significantly more effective if you move them slowly? Rather than push and pull like you’re in the middle of tug-o-war, slow down. Use the methodical pace to sink into a deep lunge, alternating legs as you move across the living room.
Squat while Unloading the Dishwasher
The average American family washes approximately 110 loads of dishes each year, which comes out to more than two loads a week. And each time you’re unloading the dishes, you could be adding a bit of strength to your bum. Rather than bend from your back to grab each plate (which is bad for your back anyway), squat down. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, keep your toes behind your knees, and lower yourself down into a squat.
Wax On – Wax Off
When you clean your bathroom mirrors, consider using a towel in each hand. Wipe each mirror in a circular motion, slowly making bigger and bigger circles. This will help build stronger muscles in your shoulders. You can repeat this process with your windows for even more of a workout.
Cleaning the house typically requires you to move around the house. Rather than taking a gentle stroll from one room to the next, do high knees as you move from task to task.
Laundry Basket Curls
Do you often carry the laundry basket with your arms locked, simply getting it from point A to point B? Do some curls along the way. This is a great way to add something extra to a task you’re already doing.