Fit and Tidy

Do you have a hard time fitting exercise into your day?  Try these eight fitness-inspired chores to help you fit it in.  Your house will be neater and your body more toned.

  1. Vigorously sweep your deck, porch or patio.  It’ll stimulate upper body muscles and get your blood pumping.
  2. Dust the blades of ceiling fans, the tops of windows and your crown molding to stretch your arms, shoulders and back.
  3. Take throw rugs, curtains or other hard-to-wash textiles and throw them over a clothes line.  Have at them with a tennis racket, broom or baseball bat to shake out dust and pollen–and work out your back and shoulders.
  4. Lift your knees–and then some.  When picking up clutter, sink all the way down before standing again.  Feel the burn!
  5. Rip the stray grass and weeds out of seams and cracks in your sidewalk and driveway.  Move from dump to clump for a tighter derriere.
  6. Get on your knees and really look at the grout in your bathroom and kitchen.  Now that you’ve seen it up close, you can’t leave it that way.  Use a stiff-bristled brush and some elbow grease to get it looking like new.  You’ll feel it in your arms and your back before you’re through.
  7. Scan the main level for misplaced items and then run them to their proper location one at a time–bonus if you have to go up and down stairs.
  8. Declare a power outage in your kitchen.  Prepare dinner by hand–chopping, mixing, tossing and crushing your way to a three course meal will tone your arms and make you appreciate dinner all the more.
For more information on how to fit exercise into your day, contact Maurie Cofman, C.E.S. Personal Trainer in St. Louis.