You know how tough it can be to find time to work out. Jam-packed schedules and never-ending chores don't seem to leave much time for taking care of yourself.
But a hectic life is no reason to forgo your daily workout. Especially since the benefits of moving your body are enormous. With a little creativity, you can make exercise part of your routine no matter how long your to-do list is.
Use this simple plan to sneak some calorie-burning intensity into your daily chores.
Pick Up the Pace
The key to turning any household task into exercise is to pick up the pace or increase intensity and sustain it for as long as comfortably possible without taking a break.
So if you have to clean the floors, throw on some upbeat music, and put some major muscle behind your mopping. And set yourself a goal to see if you can finish within a certain time limit. This will help you keep the activity intense enough to count it as exercise.
Some activities, such as weeding or raking, already require a high level of energy. But turning up the burn on other less intense activities, like washing dishes or dusting, may require a little more ingenuity.
Try these three creative ways to turn everyday chores into a workout. Adding these boosters could help you burn up to 180 extra calories per half hour of activity.
Dirty Dish Dips
Don't let a mountain of dishes prevent you from working out when you could take care of both at the same time. Start the dishes, and then every few minutes, stop to do some dirty dish dips:
Raking the yard is already a great workout. Do it for half an hour and you'll burn about 171 calories, which is close to what you'd expend by running a mile. Boost the calorie burn with this twist:
Squeaky Clean Squats
Whether you're mopping the floor, washing the car, or scrubbing windows, you can get a lower body workout with a couple of buckets half-filled with water:
Adding Up the Minutes
It takes only a few extra minutes to turn a routine chore into a calorie-burning exercise. And those minutes add up toward the RealAge minimum exercise recommendation for optimal health -- at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
Top ten household chores for burning calories*
*Estimations based on a 150-pound person and 30 minutes of activity
Always supplement your exercise routine with longer bouts of cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, whenever possible. But on days when time is scarce and the to-do list is long, remember that it's important to make exercise a priority. Doing your chores with a little extra energy and vigor is a great way to multitask.
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