You May Be Getting More Exercise Than You Think!
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You May Be Getting More Exercise Than You Think!

By: Cecilia Harris
April 26, 2019

You may be getting more exercise than you think. Here’s how your daily 'hinching' will help you stay active and healthy...

 

Making time to be active

We all need 60 minutes of physical activity a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Though that may seem like a big commitment, working that time into your hectic schedule is much easier than it sounds. Anything that you do that is active is going to increase your health benefits


Here’s how some of your mundane housework can have a positive effect on your overall health...

 

Gardening

Here’s proof that you don’t have to sign up for the gym in order to live an active lifestyle. Gardening activities such as digging or turning compost can burn as many as 400 calories an hour and work major muscle groups including the stomach, arms and legs!


Easy gardening would be equivalent to light walking and stretching, like yoga. Don’t have a garden? Raking leaves are also considered vigorous activities just like doing aerobics or going for a bike ride. (And yes, that means you have to warm up like you would for a workout if you want to avoid injuries.)

 

Vacuuming

Vacuuming gives you the same level of activity as hiking or using a rowing machine at the gym. Turn this chore into an even better workout by consciously extending and stretching your muscles to dust-bust those hard-to-reach places. Or, kick your cleaning routine up a notch by donning your headphones and vacuuming to a beat.

I really like to turn on music as I find that it’s a great motivator for people and they can start to move to a beat, which is faster than what they would do if they were just doing the chore.

 

Washing dishes together

The next time you’re faced with the challenge of getting your partner to help with the dishes, entice him/her with this fact: Tackling household chores together can have a positive effect on your mental health.

 

Doing Laundry

Here’s a reason to stop dreading laundry day. This seemingly mundane job can give you a great workout. Consider how much physical work it takes to get your clothes clean. You are lifting up laundry baskets and putting clothes into the machine, or lifting your arms up and down to hang laundry up outside. Laundry is definitely an activity that can be considered beneficial to your health.


If you're walking up and down the stairs to clean the house, all the better-climbing just two flights of stairs every day as this could help you lose up to 6 pounds per year. 

 

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Cecilia is the co-founder of Results with Lucy and face of Results with Cecilia.

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