Daily routines are great to have on lockdown and can help you feel productive throughout the day. Sometimes, however, it can feel impossible to fit everything into 24 hours: healthy eating, work, kids, grocery shopping, working out — oh, and cleaning the house! Pots and pans waiting to be scrubbed in the sink, loads of laundry piled up on the couch, and when was the last time you washed those windows? Household chores can be a pain and the last to-do on your list, but they must be done to keep your routine in check – so, why not make the most of them by throwing in a workout.
With a little tweaking, it’s relatively easy to get a solid workout in while simultaneously cleaning the house. While it may not be the muscle-building, high-intensity workout you’re used to at the gym, it’ll surely add a little kick to your stretching and calorie-burning routine –and you’ll end up with a clean house. Here are a few simple ways to make the most out of your household chores:
Doing some cleaning tasks by hand, versus using electrical appliances, or putting a little extra effort into your routine can up the ante of your cleaning regimine:
With all the time we spend moving in the kitchen, it’s a perfect opportunity to create a mini workout routine:
Laundry never seems to end – so it’s a perfect workout opportunity:
If you’re committing to a longer task, like cleaning out your closet, or even just making dinner, turn on some music to make it more enjoyable. It has an energizing effect that will naturally make you want to get up and move around, as opposed to sitting in silence.
With a little extra elbow grease, all of these chores can easily get you to work up a sweat. So, put aside the convenience, step up your game, and you’ll be doing double duty – cleaning AND burning calories – in no time. As with any exercise, don’t over do it. But, if you manage to do a few of these every time you do a household chore, you may just find a new passion for cleaning to fuel you this fall.