Laundry – Turn regular laundry into a workout when you incorporate squats. Rather than dumping your entire basket into the top at once, do a squat to grab one piece of laundry at a time from your basket on the floor. If you have twenty or so pieces of laundry, you can build up your leg muscles in no time.
Kitchen floors – It’s tempting to pull out the Swiffer mop, but resist the urge. Get down on your hands and knees for a better workout and a cleaner floor. Cleaning your floor by hand can burn 400 calories, and while you’re at it, you can do some stretches.
Vacuuming – Do lunges while vacuuming your carpet. Each time you pull back to go over an area for the second time, switch legs so that you get an equal workout. These lunges are also a good idea while you are sweeping or raking leaves. Vacuuming can burn around 480 calories for the average woman, so make those minutes count.
Grocery shopping – Speed walk down the grocery store aisles. Not only will this save you time in the store, but you can get in a little cardio exercise. Just make sure you check around corners before you barrel your way around them, since you could create a traffic accident if you aren’t careful. When you are putting the groceries away, do a squat to reach from the bag on the floor to the counter above you.
Rearrange furniture – Whether you move the furniture to vacuum under it or you simply want a new look, rearranging furniture can give you the weights exercise you need. Make sure you have good form before pushing the couch out of the way, but don’t feel like you need to call for backup whenever you get the urge to change up the decor.
Stairs – Whenever you need to go upstairs (or downstairs) take the stairs twice. Try running up and down them if you don’t want to take the extra time but you want to get in the workout.
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