Thursday, January 29, 2015

House Cleaning Exercises

by M. J. Joachim


If only there was a miracle cure to shed those unwanted pounds. You work all day, don't have energy to go to the gym, and then come home to a messy house that you don't have time to clean. There must be a solution, but what? How could you possibly find time to go to work all day, exercise, and clean your house, especially when you have far too many social engagements planned for the weekend?

It's time to reevaluate your situation and change your attitude about all the things you have to do. You can find time to exercise and clean your home if you combine the two activities. You will also benefit from gaining extra energy as you get in better shape. All it takes is a little creativity, and a whole lot of determination.

The following chore exercise program will help you combine getting in shape and losing weight while keeping your home clean and tidy with ease. Please sit back and enjoy this article for a few minutes, because by the time you are done reading it, you'll be ready for an awesome new workout plan that leaves your home spic and span.

*Spotless floor stretches: This activity incorporates limited yoga poses with cleaning your linoleum or tile floor. You will need 1 small bath towel, 1 large beach towel, soapy water, some energetic music, and a smile. Now, soak the small bath towel in water. Get down on your hands and knees and wash the floor, leaving it fairly wet. As you scrub the floor, crouch down and then stretch your arms out as far as you can reach to get the dirt from the corners. Once your floor is clean, stand up and throw your beach towel on it. Stand on the towel, and using your hips, swing back and forth across the wet floor to dry it. Dance with the music if you can, and have fun working out while you make your floor shine.

*Dustless weight lifting: This activity builds and tones your muscles. You will need a dust cloth, your favorite dusting polish, a few boxes, some Rocky music, and a large bottle of water. You will need to empty out your book or movie case, putting everything into your boxes. Now bend down and take those boxes into the next room. Go back and thoroughly dust the cabinet that held your items. Walk into the next room, bend down and pick up your boxes one by one, taking them back to their shelf and putting them away; dust each one as you do. Make sure to drink plenty of water as needed.

*Laundry aerobics: This activity speeds up your heart rate and makes doing the laundry a little more interesting. You will need a washer/dryer, laundry soap, dirty laundry, and music. Instead of using a basket to carry your dirty laundry to the laundry room, pile it in your arms and carry it yourself. Make as many trips as you can while racing to and from the washing machine. When the laundry has finished drying, fold and iron it quickly, using swift, easy motions. Then make several short trips to run and put everything away. You'd be surprised at how many calories you can burn just by running back and forth in your own home.

Cleaning the house and losing weight are two pretty tough activities. By combining them, and adding a little fun to the mix, you will shed pounds, enjoy a cleaner home, and definitely have more to smile about. That is until you look inside your refrigerator and see all those wonderful temptations. Ah, no bother, simply use squats to throw out all the forbidden food, and practice weightlifting to replace it with the good stuff!

I’m still working on losing those extra pounds from the holidays and thought this might energize me a bit. Of course, sharing with others who might offer encouragement is always a bonus.  Not into housework, no problem. I also make great use of exercising in the garden, especially this time of year.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting Effectively Human today.

M. J.

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