The year gone by has ushered in many changes to our lifestyle. Working from home is the new normal and that quick stroll to the corner shop is now considered a health risk. Amongst the current state of lockdown and general sense of anxiety, has your fitness taken a back seat? You could take the treadmill cover off and start running your worries away, but where’s the fun in that? Fret not, because there is a list of things you can do while at home and still keep your fitness levels high.
If you’ve always fancied a nice back garden but couldn’t find enough motivation to start your own veggie patch or flower bed, here’s a push in the right direction. Did you know that you can burn up to 170 calories just by doing some light gardening? And the best part is that with all the calories you burn, you will not only get fit but also have a beautiful garden that you can be proud of. So put on that garden hat, get your work gloves and start your very own gardening fitness program. And once you’ve worked up a sweat you can take off that chair cover and relax for a bit. It’s that easy.
Washing The Car
The petrolhead in you wants to head out on the open roads to a fun, relaxing destination, but that is a more difficult proposition now. So what’s the second best thing you can do? Give your car some good old TLC, of course. Giving your vehicle a good rub and scrub for 30 minutes will burn around 140 calories. You won’t be cleaning your car daily, so we suggest spending at least two hours in the process and ensuring your vehicle is gleaming as you get your daily dose of exercise in return. Now that’s a win-win.
Spending long periods of time at home comes with its own challenges, the biggest one is keeping the house clean. What if we told you there’s one thing you can do that will clean your home as well as help you stay fit? Mopping is the answer. Clean the house for close to an hour and you will end up burning around 240 calories, plus the upper body workout you will get will help you tone your torso. With such great benefits of mopping, we’re sure you will never swap your turn with other family members.
Mowing The Lawn
Who knew keeping your lawn in shape would also help you stay fit? Yes, that’s right. Now you can mow your lawn and also expect to shed around 250-300 calories per hour. Though, for this kind of workout, you will have to get one of those manual lawn mowers that you need to push in order to cut the grass. While it’s a lot more work, the upside is that it will ensure you get a good day’s workout while your lawn stays in pristine condition. All you need to do is take the lawn mower cover off and get ready to cut some flab while you cut the grass.
Recent frigid temperatures have made living indoors a necessity. There are, however, times when you’d need to step out. Shovelling snow may be one of those times. So why not turn that mundane task into an opportunity for getting a workout? On an average an adult can burn close to 200 calories in 30 minutes of shovelling snow. The benefits? For starters, your driveway or front walk will not be a potential risk anymore and in the process, you will give your shoulders, arms, abdomen, and legs a good workout. Be sure not to put undue strain on your back. Focusing on form and tightening core muscles with each shovel-full will help keep the stress where it belongs: on a wide range of muscles.
The uncertain times that we’re living in call for adapting and moving forward with a positive frame of mind. It’s no longer the gym anymore if you’re looking to get fit, the new age workout involves household items that you never thought could help you get that ripped look. So the next time you pick up that mop, remember you’re also giving yourself a chance to get fit.