Exercise While Doing your Housework

How to Exercise While Doing your Housework
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How to Exercise While Doing your Housework Busy people may not find time in their schedules to do the recommended 150 to 175 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise per week. A UK study found that the average British woman spends 143 minutes per week cleaning their house. If you are the main caretaker of your own house or another residence then you may be able to count regular cleaning and chores as part of your exercise time. Many household chores are considered medium intensity cardiovascular or strength training exercises. Plan your chores in a way that allows you to do them in succession to increase heart rate and work your major muscle groups. Read more to find out how to exercise while doing your housework. Set a timer for 30 minutes the minimum amount of moderate intensity exercise you should have in a workout session. Constant exercise is the key to turning regular chores into an aerobic exercise that helps your heart and lungs.Turn on some fast music. Recent studies have shown that loud music with at least 120 beats per minute BPM helps to increase the rate at which you exercise. They also can distract you and improve your mood allowing you to workout for a longer period of time.Put on flexible clothing and athletic trainers before you workout. Some household chores require good foot cushioning and stability in order to perform them without the risk of injury.Vacuum your entire house. The forward and back motion of vacuuming is a great workout for your abdominal muscles abs. Flex your muscles 1 at a time beginning at your pelvis and moving into your upper abs and keep them flexed for the entire duration of your vacuuming.Sweep and/or mop your floors. Ready the floors so you can do as many surfaces as possible in succession. Flex your ab muscles and squat rather than bend if you need to get into a hard to reach space.Run or walk up and down your stairs 5 to 10 times. You can do this while tidying different rooms bringing objects from 1 room to another. You can also do it simply to burn more calories and increase the intensity of your workout.Do calf raises as you hand wash dishes. Start with your legs hip width apart. Move onto your toes and hold for 3 to 10 seconds and then slowly come down.Squat as you pick up a laundry basket and then set it on a table or couch near a wall. Lean against the wall with your feet hip width apart and 2 to 3 feet 0.6 to 0.9 m away from the wall. Flex your abs bend your knees and move your back down the wall squatting as you fold laundry for 10 to 30 seconds.Clean all your windows to work your arms. Use your left and right hands equally as you wipe in a circular motion. Reach up as high as you can to work your abs glutes and lower back muscles.

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