I know I’ve talked about excuses when it comes to exercising. One of my biggest pet peeves is people telling me they ‘don’t have time to work-out’. Of course, I’m not unreasonable. I know that life sometimes gets in the way. It becomes so hectic and we’re so swamped with work and home life that we barely have a moment to breathe.
But it’s STILL super important for you to be active throughout the day. The benefits of it are limitless and you’ll definitely feel better about yourself for getting in some movement throughout your day.
Luckily our bodies aren’t too strict with what kind of movement they prefer. Even something as simple as a quick clean-up of your house will do wonders for you!
Just crank up your favorite music, tie those tennis shoes, get out those cleaning supplies and follow these great tips:
Combine lunges with vacuuming. Lunge forward to work your hips, thighs, and buttocks. Keeping your back straight, bend your knees at 90 degrees. Don’t let your knees go out farther than your toes. Alternate your legs. Switch hands every five strokes.
Laundry squats and lifts. When carrying the laundry basket, tone your arms by keeping them raised at a 90° angle as you carry the laundry basket. Work your legs with squats and lunges as you fold. When you are sorting the laundry basket out, hold a squat as you do it. Squats and lifts can also be done when dusting the sides of the door frames. When ironing, keep the laundry basket on the floor rather than on a raised surface. This way you have to bend and stretch to reach the clothes.
Work shoulders and arms when washing windows, showers, scrubbing floors and mopping floors. Dust furniture in a circular motion. Use a little more force when scrubbing or wiping to increase calorie burning. For a more intense workout, scrub your floors instead of mopping them. This is great for your core muscles! As you wash the floor on your knees, hold the cloth with both hands and push your arms out in front of you. Contract your abdomen muscles each time you lean forward. As you move straight forward, lean side to side. Lunges can also be done when mopping, just be careful not to slip.
Worktop press ups/knee ups. While you are waiting for the kettle to boil, do standing press ups by leaning on the edge of your countertop. Before you begin, make sure the counter is dry so you do not slip. If you have time left then also try some knee ups by using the corner of the worktop.
With these simple workouts added into your daily chores you can stop feeling guilty about letting one or the other fall through the cracks. Now you can take care of your body and your home and feel accomplished!