Why A Home Work Out Is Such A Good Idea
No one likes cleaning, it sucks (as much as the vacuum) and is a thankless chore. Here at Sydney Physio Clinic, patients often wonder how they can incorporate their exercises in to their busy life.
Studies have shown that the average Australian spends 5 + hours a week on house work. Meanwhile, doctors recommend that both physical and mental health and well being is increased by at least half an hour of exercise per day. In the words of the great Spanish phrase: Por Qe No Los Dos? Why not have both? Why not incorporate our fitness regimes into our house work? While we have so many apps and utilities designed to make our time use more effective- working, cleaning, maintaining social lives and exercising can seem like a hard task. At Sydney Physio Clinic, we’ve come up with the perfect solution to combine house work and work outs. We call it house work outs. In this, you get to compete mundane house cleaning tasks, and live in a beautiful, clean area while admiring your body in your newly polished mirrors!
Please check with your Doctor or Physiotherapist before completing below activities. This article serves as a guideline only so proceed with caution.
Read the following for ideas to incorporate work outs into your daily routines.
Step One: Put on your comfortable exercise gear and play your best, most fast paced tunes, this will increase the intensity of your house work out!
Step two: Think of ways to diversify and add intensity to your house work out. Every chore is an opportunity to mix it up, diversify and have fun. Scrubbing the floors, wall and bath is a great way to get your blood pumping! Carrying the groceries has never been more fun! Trimming hedges is a great way to work out the upper arms!
Top Ideas For Incorporating Your House Work Into A House Work Out
- While cleaning the dishes, cooking, or ironing, do thirty calf raises for each leg. Stand with your legs hip width apart, stand up on your toes and hold for 5- 10 seconds, hold the pose, then slowly return to standing position. Repeat this exercise three times with one minute break between. Clean dishes and toned calves, what could be better? The delicious stir-fry you’ve also made during that time.
- Vacuuming, mopping and sweeping is a great opportunity to do lunges and squats. Squats and lunges are great for maintaining muscle strength in legs, hips and stomach. For lunges, keep your back straight while looking straight ahead. Step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Lunge 10 times with each leg then repeat with other leg. For squats, ensure that legs are shoulder width apart and that your back is straight. Feel free to put the mop or broom behind your shoulders to ensure that your back is straight, lower body 90 degrees while ensuring that your knees are in line with your toes. Repeat twenty times. For better results, jump once back in standing position for jump squats, which are a great way to get the heart activated and blood pumping.
- Similarly, turn these tasks into a dance routine and the broom as a microphone to belt your best tunes and channel your favorite performers. Michael Jackson’s moonwalk? Elvis Presley’s swiveling hips? Your hips aren’t lying? Shakira’s aren’t either.
Disclaimer: Sydney Physio Clinic provides this information as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific advice or assistance on How To Turn House Work Into A House Work Out should consult his or her physiotherapist, personal trainer or otherwise appropriately skilled practitioner. Image courtesy of Gildshire Magazine.