You’ve got three free hours, your workout clothes and water bottle all set for your trip to the gym! Yeah, right. Here are four simple ways to turn everyday chores into gym-worthy workouts.
Before You Begin
- Make it feel a little more like the gym by turning on some high-intensity music, and try making a few playlists so it doesn’t seem stagnant.
- If you can, try changing into some sort of workout clothes.
- Stay fresh. Secret Outlast Xtend offers 48-hour odor protection helps stop odor before it starts. So even if you have to pick up the kids right after your workout you won’t smell like it.
1. Chore: Cleaning Your Floors
The floors need a good cleaning and you need a quick workout. Win, win. Moving your arm back and forth is a nice workout for your arms and abs.
- Switch arms in sets of 10
- With each arm extension, add in a lunge for your leg workout
- For tricky spots, getting on your hands and knees to scrub mimics some great shoulder and arm workouts
2. Chore: Emptying Your Dishwasher
Instead of just emptying the dishwasher like normal, take the opportunity to get some squats in!
- Instead of just bending down to grab groups of dishes, grab one at a time, using a squat technique as you go
- Squat, grab individual plates and containers, rise up and set them on the counter
- Once the dishwasher is empty, double the workout by lifting piles of plates up over your head before putting them away
3. Chore: Putting Away laundry
When you bring your laundry upstairs, take the opportunity to add in some lunges.
- Mimic the lunge motion by skipping a stair each time you go up.
- Make more trips up and down the stairs, when possible.
- As you’re lunging, curl the laundry basket like you would a dumbbell for a fast arm workout.
4. Chore: Doing Dishes by Hand
Make the most of your time doing dishes by throwing in some calf raises!
Before you start in on a pile of dirty dishes, stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Stand on your toes for 3-5 seconds and lower back down to standing. Repeat for as long as it takes to do the dishes.