Think you don't have time to exercise? Every little bit counts and there are ways to sneak it in. One great way I "sneak" in exercise, is while I'm house cleaning. If you're like me, and you do the majority of the cleaning, why not try it? House cleaning requires physical movement anyway, so why not add a little more?
- Do alternating lunges with the vacuum. As you push the vacuum forward, lunge with one leg. Then step back, pulling the vacuum back with you. (This can also be done with a mop)
-Clean the floor in plank position. Instead of cleaning the floor on your hands and knees, try cleaning it on your hands and feet in a plank position. Use your core to stabilize yourself and alternate which arm you use to scrub. For example, 10 seconds with the right arm, 10 seconds with the left. Stay in plank as you move across the floor. You will really feel this one!
-Take push-up breaks. Take periodic breaks from cleaning, drop to the floor and do 10 push-ups. Want to add more? Include some crunches too.
-Cleaning squats. -Are you cleaning something you would normally have to bend over for? Why not squat instead? For example, instead of bending over or kneeling as you clean the toilet, try holding a squat in front of it as you clean. Pretend there is a chair that you are sitting on and hold that position.
There are so many ways to get in some sort of exercise throughout your day. If you have other ideas, I'd love to hear them!
Written by Genie Bianchi, RRCA Coach