How To Turn Household Chores Into A Multitasking Workout
Squeeze in these exercises and see major results
The list of excuses not to workout is long. Most of these excuses boil down to just a few reasons: Time, equipment and motivation. It’s easy to make other things a priority over fitness goals, but the things holding you back could actually be the solutions to your problems.
We all have household chores. These are things that need to get done each day and each week to keep our lives moving forward. But you can use those tasks as opportunities to workout (in addition to actually getting the job done).
MOWING THE LAWN
Yard work not only gets you outside, but it gets your heart rate up, too. Beyond this, you can add some “flair” by setting your watch on its stopwatch mode and starting it once you start mowing. Every five minutes, perform sixty seconds worth of the below exercises. Once you get through them, start back at the top and repeat until the job is done.
4. Air Squats
Vacuuming puts your body in poor form. When you’re bent over, it can put a ton of strain on your back. Use vacuuming time to take stretch breaks. Each time you finish a room, stop the vacuum and perform two minutes of one of the below exercises:
1. Slowly alternate between upward dog and downward dog
2. Grab some soup cans and perform slow, controlled standing snow angels
3. Hold the squat position
4. Samson Stretch. Interlace your thumbs and raise your arms overhead. Stretch your hands up towards the ceiling as you sink into a lunge. Push your hips forward as you reach back behind you. Stand up out of the lunge and repeat on the other side.
5. Couch Stretch. Find a wall and get down on all fours. Move your bent knee back into the wall with your shin and the top of your foot touching the wall. Then, bring the forward leg into a 90-degree angle with the knee directly over the ankle.
Next time you’re in the kitchen, play some music. Each time a song changes, perform 5-25 reps of one of the following movements:
1. Air Squats
3. Standing Calf Raises (raise and lower your body by getting up on to your toes and then returning back down)
PLAYING WITH KIDS
If you have kids, you know how hard it is to do anything other than be 100% with them. Still, there are a few exercises they can mimic with you (or climb on you while you are doing them). Below is a list of exercises you can do when playing with the kids. Set a goal number of reps (50, 75 or 100) to get in.
3. Broad Jump
4. Box Jumps (on any small step)
5. Bear Crawl
6. Push Up
7. The L-Sit (on the floor)
Try not to stress about fitness. Design it around your lifestyle. It doesn’t need to fit someone else’s parameters of what a workout looks like.