Since most of us are spending most of our time at home at the moment, we thought we would put together our tips to keep fit without leaving your own property. Staying physically active helps promote a more positive mood, and keeping your home environment tidy is also a mood enhancer.
If you are lucky enough to have your own garden, this is our number one favorite pastime. It is outside in the fresh air and is extremely satisfactory. So this is the starting point. Everything in the garden is just beginning to sprout, so it’s an ideal time to hold on and tidy up after the winter.
Weeding: Pulling weeds can burn 200 to 400 calories per hour. It helps to tighten legs and arms and means a lot of bending and stretching. Remember to always bend your knees and not your back to avoid stress.
Heavy gardening such as shoveling soil or moving stones to create a rock garden can burn around 400 to 600 calories an hour, while mowing the grass burns 250 to 350 calories an hour.
At this time of year, lawns have to be lined, beds prepared for new seeds, seeds sown and greenhouses and garden furniture cleaned.
If you don’t have a garden or the weather isn’t good, there’s a lot to do indoors.
Tidy up kitchen cupboards
This is a brilliant job at the moment as it takes some time. Take everything out of the closet and throw away everything that is really out of date – it is always a somewhat embarrassing moment when you come across this packet of dried fruit that is dated “best before 1998”!
Arrange the remaining parts into sections such as canned goods, dried goods, broth and sauces, or sweet foods. This is also a good opportunity to remember what you have! Clean the cabinet thoroughly with warm water and a little detergent and let it dry thoroughly. Remove stubborn stains (five-year-old golden syrup dries like concrete!) With warm water and Cif or a scouring pad.
When the cabinet is dry, you may want to line it up with paper (wrapping paper or replacement wallpaper works well) – it looks good and makes cleaning the cabinet easier the next time because you can just throw the paper away when it gets dirty. Depending on how tall your closet is, this activity means a lot of gentle stretching and can burn up to 200 calories an hour.
Some people love to iron, others hate it (don’t tell us where we stand on it!), But if you have a few hours, this is the ideal time to get into it. Search your closet and wash anything that looks a bit stale or crumpled. Then host a good movie on TV and get stuck. When you stand on an ironing board, your legs are tightened and you can burn up to 130 calories an hour. If you fancy an additional challenge, invest in one Leveling cushion. This improves your core strength and balance and can make standing on an ironing board a little more interesting!
This is another brilliant stretching exercise. Depending on how high your windows are, you can really exercise. You can burn up to 300 calories an hour.
Scrub the floor
That might sound a bit like a 1950s housewife, but nothing gets as clean as a tile or hard floor! Clean the corners of the wall and floor with a dustpan and a brush or the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner. Then find something to kneel and scrub the edges of the floor with warm water and a brush. (You don’t have to work the entire floor like this, just the areas that are normally overlooked by the mop.) This exercise trains your back, arms and shoulders and can burn up to 300 calories an hour.
In contrast to the gym, our “training” means double results – you also get a cleaner house and a tidier garden!
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