Let's face it, Spring cleaning is a workout as it is, so what's a few more squats, calf raises, and push ups! There's always lots of lifting, pushing, and if you are someone like me with small children, lots of crawling! They get stuff in the most unlikely and hard to reach places! Add in some simple exercises and relish is not only a clean house, but a good workout!
When you start on this mountain sized endeavor, remember a few things...
1. Lift with you legs, not your back.
I know that is a cliche statement, but true all the same! Add in a few squats and you've got yourself a great leg workout!
2. Pace yourself!
I know with all of our busy schedules time is limited and you want to get as much done is as little time as possible. I say though to focus on quality, not quantity! Start in one area or room and focus your attention there until the job is done! Then you can move on to other rooms. Don't aim for vacuuming under all of the beds and sofas to check vacuum off the list. Just worry about one room! The other benefit (or silver lining depending on your views of housework) is you get more of total body workout, spread out evenly through the week!
3. Drink lots of water!
I am guilty of not following this one as much as I should! When we are giving the house the old scrub down we tend to breath in (pretty heavily) all of the dust we kick up as well as work up a good sweat. Clear your throat with a swig of water and keep hydrated through the sweats!
4. Last, but not least, give yourself a pat on the back...
and brag to your friends of a job well done! Go get yourself a small treat, you've earned it!
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