When you think about fitness the first words that come to mind are usually gym, sports, sweating, out of breath. For many the gym can be a very daunting place while for others gym may be a boring way of getting fit. Take the boredom out of your normal workout routine and do something different for a change. Take a mundane job that you might not like and turn it into a great workout.
Exercise At Home
Many people may feel that working out at home is not an option because it is far too easy to slip back into old habits but there are many ways to burn calories at home that you might not even realize. Vacuuming is something that many of us have to do so why not turn it into a calorie burning workout. Slip on your headphones and crank up the music then use your vacuum to perform lunges each time you move forward and backwards. You will give your glutes, hamstrings, calves, hips and quadriceps a good workout that you will surely feel the next day. Lunges have many benefits and according to American Council on Exercise
…are one of the most effective lower-body exercises and are right up there with squats, step-ups and quadruped and four-way hip extensions.
Strengthening your large muscles groups has been found to speed up metabolism, which is essential if your aim is to lose weight. Lunges are also a great way to tone and firm up those parts that most women complain about, particularly the butt and thighs. Vacuuming also burns 43 calories in just fifteen minutes and up to 170 calories in an hour. Add sweeping and mopping into the mix and you are looking at burning an additional 82 calories per fifteen minutes and these two house chores can also be turned into a more intensive workout with a bit of imagination.
Your Garden Will Love You
Gardening may seem like a punishment for some rather than a means to a great workout but not only will you feel great about getting a workout but your garden will love your workout too. Jeff Restuccio, author of “Fitness the Dynamic Gardening Way” suggests turning your gardening into a structured workout. Alternate between heavy and light gardening activities, exaggerate your motions and increase your range of motion and you will be able to burn a good number of calories within one hour of gardening.
You can use up 500 calories an hour that way (official counts put gardening activities at the 100- to 200-per-hour calorie-burning level).
There are many other advantages to gardening when it comes to fitness and you can even encourage your family into participating and getting a bit of a workout too. If your garden has a large lawn then opt for cutting the lawn with a push mower as opposed to a ride-on version. You will be getting an aerobic exercise, thus, toning up your legs and arms, and most experts say that walking is a good form of exercise so why not kill two birds with one stone with this chore?
Numerous Other Chores
There are numerous other chores that can be adapted in and around your home to turn it into a workout. Polishing floors can be turned into a fantastic workout for your core, legs and arms with an adaption or two from the normal way of polishing them. All you need to do is strap a cloth to each hand and use circular motions start applying the polish. The bigger you make the circular movements, the better the workout for your arms. The next step would be to place a cloth on each foot and slid your way across the floor. Your core will be needed to hold you upright and to prevent you from falling over. Your glutes remain tight throughout this workout and you will automatically engage your hamstrings and inner thigh while skating across the floor. The kids are bound to love this one too – what child doesn’t like to slide across floors? This is similar to skiing, which is ranked at number 25 according to physical difficulty. Experts say that skiing,
… is an effective cardiovascular and strength-building workout. It primarily exercises your lower body, but your core and upper body will benefit as well. Downhill skiing puts you in a semi-squat position most of the time which relies heavily on the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and gluteal muscles. Because of the lateral motion involved, the abductor and adductor muscles are also used.
While skiing across your polished floors might not burn the same amount of calories as snow skiing would, you still have the potential to burn around 450 calories.
Mundane Can Be Fun
Nobody ever said that you had to take up a sport to get some exercise. As a promotion for the 2014 Winter Olympics, a campaign was launched in Moscow to promote the Olympics as well as to get everyone involved in a sporting lifestyle. For this campaign that lasted a month, members of the public were allowed to ride the subway for free as long as they did 30 squats in front of a vending machine first. This might not be such a bad idea as a means to get people exercising in everyday life.
Another novel way to exercise is to take a tour around your city on foot. You are bound to find interesting places that you might not have otherwise found and I am sure that places you have seen many times before will give you more insight simply by seeing it close up and from a different angle. Exercise should be enjoyable because when you enjoy something you will want to do it time and time again. Look for different ways to incorporate exercise into your mundane, everyday activities and you could be fitting in extra exercise time or you could simply be getting exercise that you thought you never had time for. Start a trend among your friends. Find who can come up with the new ideas for workouts using mundane chores and activities and you could start a new revolution of exercise that could be a hit.