Whether you want to get caught up on housework, spend time outside or just have a little fun, there are lots of ways to get physical activity at home. If you are struggling with motivation, start by turning off the TV and tuning into your favorite music. Stream your favorite artists and let the music set the mood.
HOUSEWORK: 30 minutes of housework is the equivalent of over 2000 steps.
- Vacuum your entire house. The forward and back motion works your abdominal muscles.
- Sweep and mop the floors. Switch arms as you go and think of working your shoulders and upper arms.
- Tidy up. Put items away from one room to another, walk up and down stairs, and squat when you pick up an item to avoid back strain and build muscle.
- Wash the dishes. Stand with your legs hip-width apart and do the dishes by hand. Everything gets clean at once and you won’t have to worry about emptying a dishwasher later!
OUTDOOR EFFORT: 30 minutes of gardening and yard work can add up to over 3000 steps.
- Rake the leaves. Switch arms as you rake so both sides of your body are getting the exercise.
- Wash your car. The motions of wetting, scrubbing and rinsing can work your arms, back and legs.
- Gardening. Planting or weeding can be a great work out for your body and soul.
FUN ACTIVITIES INSIDE OR OUT: Take a break from chores for play.
- Dancing for 30 minutes is almost 4000 steps.
- Toss a frisbee for 2200 steps in 30 minutes.
- Hula hoop for a half hour to tighten your core and gain over 3000 steps.
Anything goes, so come up with your own chore list or fun ideas for activity at home. You can move on your own or invite family or neighbors too!
“Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.” Eileen Caddy