3 Household Chores That May Help You Stay in Shape - 4th Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

One of the last things that most of us feel like doing at the end of a long day is cleaning house. You’ve already been to work, maybe worked out, tended to family business, and yet the piles of laundry and dirty dishes are still staring you in the face … and they’re not going anywhere. It’s tempting to skip the house mess and head straight for the bed, but when you get up in the morning, the mess will be a little bit bigger. To give you a little more incentive, check out these daily chores that not only keep your house in order, but also burn enough calories to help you stay in shape.

Scrub the Tub

This doesn’t have to be specific to the tub. It might be the sink, countertops, pedestals … anything that needs scrubbing. If you’re keen on getting in an extra arm workout, scrubbing up is the way to go. It requires you to use a repetitive motion with the muscles in your arms, and if you’re scrubbing hard, you can even work up a sweat. Toned arms and a sparkling bathroom and kitchen? Win, win!

Sweep and Mop the Floor

The floor gets incredibly dirty throughout the day. Even when you can’t see it, the floor in your home is likely covered in dirt, dust, food, and whatever comes in on your shoes. Burn a few extra calories and make your floors super clean by sweeping hard floors throughout the day. Then at the end of the day, mop the floors one good time before bed. After a while, this will not only be a habit that burns calories, but one that makes your floors clean enough to eat off.

Vacuum and Beat the Rugs

Now that you’ve taken care of the hardwoods and tile, it’s time to focus on carpeted areas and rugs. These areas are really good at trapping dirt and debris. If you don’t clean these every day, it can even lead to allergies and illness, as pollens and other matter can be trapped in the fibers. To clean the carpet, you’ll need a good vacuum cleaner, which works your whole body as you have to push the heavy object back and forth across the floor. Rugs also have to be taken out and either shaken or beaten in order to get out all of the gunk. Doing this every day will be a challenge, but it will also keep your home smelling fresh and your body working just a little bit extra.

Cleaning the house is no fun, but it’s beneficial in multiple ways. Cleanliness, comfort, and efficiency are three reasons to keep your home in order, and for an added bonus, it might also help you stay just a bit more fit.

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