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“I Was Working Out? Really?”

Posted on December 3, 2013
By Nikki Martinez

The list of everyday routines has now become implanted in your mind for eternity (or until the kids are at least out of the house). A little good news about that: the chores could have a dual purpose! Not only are they there so nothing, and no one, smells, but you could be getting some exercise out of them to. Writer and food-lover Rebecca Stokes points out some of the everyday things that could shed at least a few calories a day!


1.) Child Heaving

I’m not saying your child is a medicine ball, but don’t doubt that all that lifting and carrying is giving you some serious core strength.

2.) Laundry

The bending and tossing and the folding — it’s like you’re doing toe-touches AND working on your fine motor skills. Bonus points if you have to walk elsewhere to do your laundry.

3.) Dishes

Be it by hand or in a machine, you’re getting a mini-workout. Your arms are getting stretched and toned when you reach to put something away, and those caked on scrambled eggs are doing wonders for your upper-body.

4.) Stairs

Every time you climb a stair, you’re increasing your rate heart and burning calories. This is an easy one to do more of — it will also strengthen the muscles in your knees and butt.

5.) Cleaning Windows

Shoulders and forearms look out — you’re a lean, mean, window-scrubbing machine.

6.) Scooping the Litter Box

Popping a squat to scoop out your cat’s litter box engages your entire body. Focus on your breathing and on drawing your navel toward your spine. You’re making a house that smells great and a lean tummy. Plus you only look slightly ridiculous.

7.) Vacuuming

This is a full body workout: Your arms are pumping, your legs are going, you’re bending, turning, and twisting. Basically, you are Jillian Michaels.


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