Get Lean While You Clean!
Vacuuming is a high energy chore that is comparable to brisk walking, says Jerry Tyler, a personal trainer at the Sports Club/Irvine, where he specializes in recreation and sports conditioning. “Vacuuming not only provides you with cardiovascular conditioning, it also works your legs and shoulders.” For maximum benefits vacuum nonstop for at least 20 minutes and preferably more. Studies show you don’t begin to burn fat until after 20 minutes. It might be helpful to re-vacuum parts of the house, doing walking lunges as you vacuum or jog in place after you finish vacuuming.
Muscle Your Milk Workout
Make a strength training session out of bringing in your groceries and putting them away. Keep your back straight, carry each bag in the house close to your chest. Then when you get inside, stop and work your legs by doing squats like you did at the dishwasher. “Do this exercise with two or three bags, 15 to 20 times per bag,” Tyler says. Tyler also recommended isolating specific upper body muscles with bottles and cans. According to Tyler, many canned items are about 16 ounces, which can make them a good light weight, while a jug of water or milk makes an even heavier one.
Dip and Dust
Dusting can transform into an aerobic activity just by adding circular movements to dusting motions. Move those arms until the muscle starts to burn and then switch arms. Alternate without stopping.Keep your core muscles engaged and move at a moderate to fast pace. Helpful tip: Clear the furniture you want to dust before starting to increase range of motion and prevent stop and go.
“Whittle” while you work!
Downsize those obliques by adding a twist-and-reach move while loading your dishwasher and washing clothes. This movement will serve to strengthen core muscles and workout those love handles.When unloading your dishwasher, avoid bending over to reach for dishes, instead do squats. Keep your back straight and lower yourself slowly to a sitting position. Wait for a second or two, slowly stand up and put dishes away.
Aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. Keep in mind that you may need more physical activity to lose weight. While even the most intensely calorie-burning chores can’t replace structured exercise completely, every little bit of activity helps, especially when you’re unable to participate in your normal workout activities. The key is to try to do a little each day to see and feel maximum results.