Mother with baby in carrier washing dishes doing chores

by Jennifer Dawson

For 2018, many have thoughts of sticking to a New Year’s resolution to improve their well-being. Based on a poll, people are determined to eat healthier and exercise more this year, but while most individuals are optimistic about doing better, it’s likely that very few will be able to keep their promise into the Spring. According to a report, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February, so the odds are that while you may have started the year right by eating healthfully and going to the gym, it’s possible that old habits will come up to derail your plans. However, there are ways to stick to your commitment, especially if you’re determined to workout more this year. With a little determination and creativity, you can fit some physical activity into your day while keeping your home spic and span. Here are a few ways to turn your everyday chores into effective workouts.

Gardening

Did you know that you can keep fit while gardening and doing yard work? There are several things that you can do to get an awesome workout while you’re puttering around in your outdoor space. For instance, you can do lunges while using a push or reel lawn mower. Lifting heavy pots, fertilizer sacks, and tools can also help you build muscle strength—try using these items in place of free weights for a quick strength training routine. Organizing your garden shed can also help you burn calories, so take the time to clean and organize this area to help you keep fit.

Cleaning up

Cleaning up your home allows you to burn more calories, especially if you put your back into it. For instance, getting down on the floor to give it a good scrub can help you burn about 400 calories per hour. Stop every 20 minutes or so and get into plank position, then try to hold it for at least 40 seconds. Doing planking exercises every day can strengthen your midsection, increase your ability to lift heavier weights, and decrease your risk of back injury. Moreover, it can help to boost your metabolism, so you’re able to burn calories even while you’re at rest.

Doing the laundry

Instead of standing around waiting for your clothes to get clean, maximize your laundry time by doing a few exercises. Do calf raises and squats to tone your lower body or use a chair to do triceps dips. While folding the laundry, get down on the floor and do a few crunches. After you’ve folded everything and you’re ready to take the clothes upstairs, put the folded clothes in a basket then skip a step or two while you’re taking the stairs.

This year, find a way to get fit by turning your everyday chores into a workout. Doing so allows you to meet your fitness goals and be happier and healthier throughout 2018.

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