Many people say they don’t have time to go to the gym because they have housework to do. Luckily, you can have both your clean home and your summer body, simply by turning these common chores into exercise:
If you’re going to vacuum, you might as well get a workout, too. To do this, do a full lunge while moving the vacuum forward, and bring your feet back together when you pull the vacuum toward you. Lunges can increase your lower body strength, including your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes. However, make sure you are doing the exercise correctly in order to avoid injury and ensure results.
A great way to get in shape while also preventing a summer cold is to clean your bathroom. Not only will you get rid of germs, but scrubbing down the bathroom can help you burn 256 calories per hour! The bathroom has many elements to scrub – bathtubs, showers, sinks, toilets, mirrors, counters, floors, etc. – meaning there is a lot of opportunity to work your muscles. Plus, after your workout, you can use your clean shower to cool off!
It may seem simple to bend down in order to take clean dishes out or to put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, but it can also put a strain on your back and neck. Instead, try doing a squat every time you need to reach the lower level. If you don’t know how to squat correctly, there are many resources online that can help. Not only will this save you from the back pain, but squats can burn fat, improve flexibility and increase leg, glute and abdominal strength. Here are more benefits of doing squats: https://bit.ly/2VtCgFB.
Once you earn your summer body cleaning inside your house, you may want to show off to friends and family. But before you invite them over for a barbeque, you may want to do some yardwork.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, gardening is compared to “moderate cardiovascular exercise,” meaning you can get in shape by weeding, digging, raking and planting. Gardening can work all the major muscle groups: legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck, back and abdomen, while improving flexibility and acting as a great stress reliever. To increase this workout, take a break from gardening and run around the outside of your house a few times or take the dog for a walk. These are all great ways to work on your to-do list, get some exercise and take advantage of nicer weather!
Please be sure to check with your doctor before partaking in physical activity. If you’d rather hire a home cleaning service provider and head to the gym, check out our locations and give your closest Two Maids & A Mop a call today.