10 Exercises That Will Also Clean Your House

March 13, 2012

in Health,Home,Lifestyle

It is recommended that we all get 30 minutes or more of aerobic exercise daily.

If you are anything like me, finding that 30 minutes is like finding Atlantis. Ain't gonna happen.

Luckily you can break this 30 minutes up into three 10 minute sessions.

Again, still hard to do. So, I have come up with some multitasking exercises that can keep you fit and your house clean at the same time.

1. Power Vacuuming – Instead of making short back and forth strokes, make long strokes, like you were mowing at a brisk pace.

2. Aerobic Grocery Unloading –

Bring in one bag at a time, at a brisk page. Lift each bag up like a bicept curl or tricept extention 5 times before putting the groceries in it away.

3. Cross Country Laundry – Take of item out of the dryer at a time to put away. Do a squat to put away lower items in drawers and rise to your tip toes to hang items up in closets.

4. Automobile Yoga – Bend, twist, and stretch to clean every crevice of the car, even under the seats.

5. Forgot Something Stairmaster – Find something downstairs the goes upstairs. Climb the stairs. Find something upstairs that goes downstairs. Repeat one items at a time. No stairs? Jog from room to room one item at a time.

6. Dusting with the Stars – Lay on the floor next to lower items such as coffee tables and end tables. Crunch and twist to dust. Switch sides and repeat. For taller items do standing side crunches to move the duster across.

7. Kitchen Ballet – Plies are one of the greatest butt and leg exercises in existance. Do them while standing at the stove or washing dishes.

8. Cabinet Switcheroo – Everyone has cabinets that need to be reorganized. Take an item off the shelf, use the item to do a shoulder raise with each arm, then put it in its new place.

9. Windex on Windex Off – The Karate Kid isn't the only one who can benefit. Instead of small circles, clean your windows with both hands using the wax on wax off technique from The Karate Kid.

10. Sweeping to the Oldies – Turn on some music and get your groove on while sweeping or mopping. It doesn't have to be a oldies, just goodies. Richard Simmons optional.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

{ 6 comments }

Krystle March 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

Multi tasking I love it!! I often do the stair tip without meaning to. My kids will want me to go get something or see something up stairs or down stairs. Guess at least I'm getting exercise!

Stephanie March 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

Great list! I totally do the upstairs/downstairs suggestion, but it's more out of my faulty mommy memory rather than for exercise!

Proform Pete March 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

These are awesome ideas! I've never heard of integrating workouts like that in normal cleaning but I love it!

Sarah March 18, 2012 at 10:59 am

I'm allowed to think this list is funny, right? 😛
I consider plain old vacuuming alone to be working out!!

Lindsey March 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Yes, it is supposed to be funny, but still useful. 🙂 Vacuuming is exercise! At least my heart rate goes up.

Bree @ The Mom with Moxie March 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Such great ideas! Thanks, for sharing.

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