When people talk about getting into shape, it doesn’t usually take long until the words ‘gym’ and ‘membership’ come up. The gym can be a great solution for many people – it’s a place which helps you to feel motivated, there are lots of different machines, workout classes and sports teams to get involved in, plus there’s a social side to going to the gym which can fill other gaps in people’s lives.
Unfortunately, it’s not for everyone. Some people don’t have the money to spend on gym membership. Perhaps they do have the money, but when you add gasoline and buying a parking space on top of that, things start to get tight. Others have the money but just can’t find the time. Some people have families who need them. Others spend most of their time at work, focusing on their careers.
That’s why it’s important for people to have the opportunity to work out at home. And taking good care of your home can give you a great workout. The inexpensive home workout can give you the exercise you need to stay healthy and enable you to keep a clean and tidy home, just by doing 20 or 30 minutes’ work each day.
On the first day you can start out by vacuuming the whole house. Many think of this as an unsuitable activity for working out, as the vacuum cleaner is held with just one hand. The trick is not to push the vacuum cleaner with your arm at all, but to use the strength in your abs to move it back and forth. This motion gives your abs a good, yet not too heavy workout.
The next exercise is one you can practice outside in the yard, if you have one, or inside your home. If you are outside, rake the lawn after mowing it, taking care to share the rake work evenly between both arms. This workout is designed to exercise your biceps, triceps and shoulder muscles. If doing the exercise indoors, sweep the floors of your home with a brush in the same manner as you would rake outside. Don’t take any shortcuts as this defeats the object. Once the floors have been swept, you can get down on your hands and knees and scrub the floor intensely, using both arms in a circular motion.
When fetching the tools and cleaning agents you need to clean the house, make sure you always pick them up by squatting and not bending. Bending down puts you at risk of injuring your back, whereas squatting will help to build certain muscle groups. Also, if you have to go up or down a flight of stairs, this is also good exercise. Each time you have to ascend or descend the stairs, do it again three or four times. This will increase the benefit of the exercise.
On other days, adapt the floor scrubbing method to clean your walls and windows. This should be a tiring workout, but your body will thank you for it and your house will look fabulous.
If you are lucky enough to have a yard, try getting into gardening. Planting your own vegetables for your own consumption is highly satisfying. The actions of digging, pulling and planting will also give you a great work out.
For more sustained cardio work, perhaps you could consider running or cycling to work. If these options are not possible for you, you could always invest in a treadmill. They don’t take up much room and you can combine tasks when using them, for example when you have to make a long phone call, or if you want to watch TV for a while, you can do these things while going for a run on the treadmill. Take a look to find out which are the best ones endorsed by Treadmill Trends.
It’s really not that difficult at all to make fitness a part of your home life. If you can’t combine it with household chores, combine it with mental planning. For example, if you have to make a shopping list, go through it in your head as you do your push ups, sit ups and pull ups. It will probably help you remember the list more, too.