So it’s Saturday morning and you really, really want to go to the gym, or outdoors to workout on a beautiful summer morning, but you worked all week and your house is a mess. Lucky for you, you don’t have to choose between cleaning and working out. VIGOROUS housework not only burns calories and works you muscles, but also keeps you healthy!
One study involving 30,000 “normal-weight,” women found that their vigorous exercise which included housework, reduced their risk for breast cancer by 30%, while another study found for every 287 calories burned doing daily activities such as vacuuming and mopping floors, the risk of dying as a result of a fall decreased by 32%.
Remember that if you are going to make cleaning your house your fitness workout, VIGOROUS is the key word. Turn on some dance music and keep moving so your heart-rate stays elevated. If you can sing with ease, you aren’t working hard enough! Look for ways to make things harder, not easier. Remember to give equal attention to BOTH arms (switch arms while vacuuming!) and both legs. Add in some lunges. Before know it you will have worked all parts of your body, burned just as many calories as you would at the gym and the added bonus will be a nice clean house.
Just as with any other workout, make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after your housecleaning. Don’t forget to stretch when you all done. Take a few minutes to sit in meditation and be proud of a job well done.
Maybe your house is clean but you lawn needs to be mowed, your garden needs to be tended to, or your car needs to be washed…Wherever you have to find your fitness, just do it! NO EXCUSES! Have a great Saturday.