Very few people look forward to cleaning the house and it is only necessity that makes us do it. But how different would you feel about cleaning if you knew that it could help you burn calories and boost fitness. Wondering how to fit in fitness while cleaning your home?
With some focus on your form and a bit of motivation, you can burn more calories while doing household chores. Use the handy infographic and tips below for some fun and easy ways to turn cleaning into a workout.
Before you begin, here are a few pointers:
Dress for Workout Success
Get into some old comfy clothes and trainers before you start as it’s likely you’re going to sweat a bit if you clean at speed.
Clean to the Music
Don’t Snack While Your Work
One potential trap is to snack too much as you clean as it will waste any calories you burn. This can be hard as you’re so near your fridge but try your best as it’s easy to snack needlessly sometimes.
Get Out and Garden
Another option is to head out to the garden as this can be a particularly good workout. Tasks such as gardening and wedding can burn around 288 calories an hour and if you want to mow the lawn you’ll shed around 185 calories in 30 minutes.
Vaccum Off the Pounds
It can be easy to forget that we’re exercising as we clean and that tasks like hoovering burn 153 calories an hour. If you spent a couple of hours giving every room in the house a hoover you’ll have done a serious workout.
Be a Dust Buster
Dusting the house is an important cleaning routine and it can burn up to 174 calories in an hour and also tone your arms. You can give your arms great tone as you dust by adding 2-3 pounds ankle weights to your wrists to tighten your arms and make them stronger.
Pump and Dump
Another quick workout you can do is when you’re taking out the trash. Lifting up and down the bags is a handy little workout addition to a task we all hate doing so why not try it out.
Wash and Burn
Even less intensive tasks such as loading the dishwasher still burns 105 calories in 30 minutes and very light tasks such as ironing can burn 127 calories in an hour. Plus washing your car can burn 234 more calories!
Ready to Get Clean–and Lean?
Hopefully, this infographic from HappyCleans will make housework less of a chore for you. Often we forget that we’re burning calories as we clean and this should give you a little bit more motivation. Having a clean home is very important as it can really be frustrating to live in the dirt we create. Check out the full infographic now and start to use cleaning as a workout.
What are your favorite ways to fit in fitness while cleaning your home?
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