According to research by Vax on average Brits start their spring cleaning from today. So it got me thinking about combining sprucing up housework with a good old workout. A lot of people tell me they don’t like going to the gym so why not turn housework into one of your workouts?
The average British woman spends more than 16 hours a week – that’s the equivalent of almost two and a half hours each day! So not only will you end up with a spanking clean house but an impromptu workout at the same time without even leaving home – so it’s a win-win situation.
Obviously the more effort you put in the greater the calorie burn. Polishing, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming and sweeping are brilliant for keeping arms toned. While bending and stretching as you make beds, clean windows, or do the laundry are fantastic for toning the whole body and functional movement. And don’t forget all that running up and down the stairs can provide for a good cardiovascular workout. Here are some tips on how to get that body moving.
Plan your housework so you’re forced to repeatedly run up and down the stairs. By alternating tidying and cleaning rooms upstairs and downstairs in the house one by one you will have added in an extra aerobic workout.
Instead of piling stuff at the bottom of the stairs take each individual item one by one as soon as it needs doing.
The laundry basket should be kept on the floor or away from you when ironing so you have to walk, bend or stretch to pick up items.
Use a wax polish instead of a spray so you have to put more effort into wiping it clean.
Clean eating has huge benefits not just for your tummy but for a workout. All that peeling, chopping, stirring, beating keeps you moving for longer. Cooking from scratch equals better tasting food then the bung-in-the-microwave ping-ping meal.
For added inspiration whack up the volume on the radio or your iTunes to maximum volume – it will help you vacuum, polish, clean that little harder.
You will totally have earned that cuppa and feet-up time while admiring your hard work!