We all know we “need” to go to the gym and work out often, right?
We hear it all the time – we need to work out to lose weight but ALSO to keep our balance, stability, to release stress, and to prevent bone loss over time. Right, right, we all know this.
However, actually getting TO the gym requires time and money that many of us simply do not have. So, we need to figure out other ways to get our work outs on – and we can, right at home!
1. Shoveling Snow: I am putting this one first because the east coast of the US recently got 2-4 feet of snow, and I know many of my readers are out shoveling this very moment! Since snow is heavy, this activity falls into the ‘heavy yard work’ category. Done correctly, you can burn up to 400 calories in an hour!
2. Baking: Yes, you can burn off some calories by kneading, cutting, mixing, and doing as many things manually as you can. This does NOT count if you are simply placing a pre-made dough mixture on a baking sheet!
3. Scrubbing Floors: I know, it’s not glamorous, but we all do it because we have to and need to, right? Next time you’re on your hands and knees with a pail and sponge, remind yourself that you can burn up to 250 calories per hour – and end up with a sparkling clean floor.
4. Washing Windows: If done by hand, window washing is a full upper body workout! At almost 200 calories per hour, from your arms to your core, you’re making great stride by getting rid of those streaks! Add a few squats in and you’ve got movement for the legs, too. Good work!
5. Mopping, Sweeping, Vacuuming: Again, none of these count if you’re sitting and watching your child do it OR if you’re simply turning on one of those automatic vacuum machines. Haha! You need to do the work! With any of the activities listed here, you can burn up to 250 calories per hour!
There you have it! Who says you need a gym membership?
Other home-based activities can include:
- taking a walk with your children, dog, or neighbors,
- painting (also a full body workout!),
- bagging leaves and raking them,
- hanging laundry on a line,
- and more!
Do you have any activities that you regularly do?
Try to see them for the fat-busting power instead of as chores that you don’t want to do.
Go ahead – get them done and tone up while you do it!
To your health,