Life is hectic. It seems as if every day your schedule is full, so much so that you have no empty margins in your calendar. From your crazy work life, fitting in the time to run errands, and spending time with your family, the days seem too short to accomplish the things you want. While this is true for most of us, especially in New York, there are two things that you constantly find yourself erasing from the daily to-dos — cleaning and exercise.
Even if your schedule is light, it’s still difficult to find the motivation for both of these activities, even though both need to get done. At UMG Cleaning, you can rest assured that our cleaning services across the nation have got you covered, but sometimes you still need to do some sprucing up when we’re not around. The good news? You can kill two birds with one stone by combining cleaning and exercise! Think we’re crazy? Let us give you a few tips to shed calories all the while making your home clean and clutter-free.
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It’s recommended to get 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week for your health, and although the U.S. Surgeon General has nothing to say about the benefits of cleaning, we all know that a clean house feels great and gives you a clear mind. When you find yourself taking care of the cleanliness of your home, make sure to stay in motion. Waiting for the dishwasher to finish its cycle? Do some squats! Going to the next room? Lift those knees high! Your neighbors might think you’re crazy if they witness this through the windows, but they’re not getting toned as they sit on the couch, are they?
Utilize Those Stairs
If you’re lucky enough to have stairs in your Manhattan home, use them to your advantage! When you’re bringing things like laundry or children’s toys upstairs, don’t grab them all at once. Instead, bring them up one by one so that you go up and down the stairs multiple times. Sooner than you know, your legs will be chiseled. Another helpful tip would be to go up two stairs at a time, stretching out your legs and feeling a deep, satisfying burn as your muscles strengthen. Who needs a gym membership or an expensive Stairmaster? Not you!
While sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, or just moving from room to room, why not get some lunges in? Be sure to follow the proper technique to avoid pulling a muscle by maintaining a straight back, bending your knees at 90 degrees, and being sure not to have your knees extend further than your toes. Lunges have many benefits including strengthening your core, giving you better balance, and improving your hip flexibility.