There are some days when something unexpected comes up and your workout is the first thing to go. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to work up a sweat in your daily routine. Why not try to fit in a little fitness while tackling some household tasks? Here are a few ideas we want to share with you for #FitnessFriday:
Mopping, Sweeping and Vacuuming. Put on some music and turn this into a cardio workout. Mopping, sweeping and vacuuming can strengthen your arms and really work your legs. Be sure to maintain a quick pace to keep your heart rate up.
Yard work. Gardening is a fitness powerhouse and weeding is even better. You can also rake leaves, mow the lawn and sweep the patio. For those of you in colder climates, shoveling snow can be more intense than a spin class!
Wash the windows inside and out. This is a great shoulder workout, especially if you wipe vigorously in a circular motion.
Tidying the house. Reaching into cabinets and squatting to pick things up off the floor can do the body good. Be mindful of your posture. Spine straight, shoulders back, abdominal muscles tight.
Kitchen sink calf squeeze. When you’re standing at the sink washing dishes, don’t miss an opportunity to tone your calves. Lift your heels off the floor onto your tiptoes, hold for 10 seconds, and repeat. Remember to keep your butt and abs tight.
Lift weights while making calls. If you’ve got a long list of calls you’ve got to catch up on, put your phone on speaker or use your headphones. This way you have your hands free to grab some light weights and squeeze in a few sets of bicep curls.
Wash your car. Skip the car wash, find some rags and a bucket, and get busy. Use long, sweeping motions but keep it brisk. Squat down to clean the tires and stand on your tiptoes to reach the roof.
Grocery shopping push: Load your cart with heavy stuff first. Find items like cases of water, cat litter and laundry detergent before you grab anything else. This way you’re pushing that extra weight around the store as long as possible.
To really maximize your “chore workout,” remember to keep a brisk pace. And it’s important to maintain good form to avoid injury. So always keep your back straight, shoulders back, abdominals tight and remember to bend at the knees. Don’t forget to breathe and drink plenty of water. And have fun transforming your house/car/yard into something more than a chore. Happy #FitnessFriday everyone!
Add to our list of household fitness tips. What chores do you do that really burn the calories? Leave your feedback in the comment section below.