You've probably heard the phrase, "Whistle while you work." Now, just embrace this variation: "Get your house clean as a whistle and get a killer workout at the same time." Who needs a Stairmaster when you have stairs? Who needs hand weights when you have groceries to put away? Embrace the opportunities!
Small changes can yield big results
The key to burning calories and building muscle with chores is to get off autopilot. Learn to view your housework as a challenge, not as a monotonous, tedious task or something to rush through. How can you incorporate more physicality in your daily chores? Here are some simple tweaks you can make.
- Ironing a basket of clothes? Keep the basket on the ground on the other side of the room. You'll log steps and have to bend and stretch with each item you iron.
- Mopping the floor? Skip the Swiffer and use the real deal. Hauling, emptying and refilling buckets of water, squeezing a mop, using your body weight to work that mop, and then manually drying the floor with a towel is practically guaranteed to break a sweat.
- Putting away groceries? As you bring your bags in from the car, do bicep curls on your way to the kitchen. Once inside, approach that frozen chicken or gallon of milk as hand weights. Grab one item, and do a few reps before putting it away.
Clean high and low
Some of the most overlooked household chores represent your biggest opportunities to work muscles and torch calories. Tackle these tasks to feel the burn and feel a sense of accomplishment!
- Dust the tops of the refrigerator, armoires, artwork and ceiling fan blades.
- Clean your baseboards.
- Clean your windows inside and out.
- Vacuum under the beds.
- Empty and scrub your refrigerator.
- Vacuum your air conditioning intakes.
- Mop and vacuum your stairs.
- Remove, wash and replace your curtains.
Do it the hard way
Store your Roomba and use your manual vacuum; bake your own bread; rent a carpet steam cleaner to tackle this labor-intensive (yet super-rewarding) chore yourself, and by all means, cancel the lawn guy! One of the best full-body exercises you can do is to operate a push mower. Weeding your flowerbeds is also physically demanding; you'll work your buns off (literally), and then you can sit back and admire your hard work.
Make it fun
Change your mindset, and make cleaning house and working out fun. Crank up the music and imagine that feather duster or broom is your dance partner. Challenge yourself: How quickly can you sprint up the stairs to deliver clean laundry? How many jumping jacks can you do while waiting for the oven to heat up? Change your mindset and change your life with cleaning and exercise. You can learn to love rather than loathe them.
CATEGORIES: Home Workout, Workout, Exercise, Hacks, Chores