Working Out Indoors Using Your Household Chores
Some areas are beginning to reopen businesses and public facilities that have been closed due the coronavirus pandemic. Some of us may be ready and anxious to get back to the gym and resume our normal lives and fitness routines. Others, however, may still be uncomfortable with that idea, either from an abundance of caution or for personal health reasons. In addition, unless you live in a place with a temperate climate all year round, Mother Nature is always going to throw you some curveballs. In Southern California, that can sometimes mean that the Summer heat is just too debilitating to venture outdoors for your normal run or yoga or other physical activities. Whatever your reason to continue working out indoors, that doesn't automatically translate into an ineffective workout. Skipping your run doesn't have to mean skipping your fitness routine. There is no rule that says you need to go out to work out.
Take Advantage of Your House
- Make chores a workout. House cleaning and other household chores are a great way to burn calories. If the weather prevents you from going outside, you may as well get productive and do a little house cleaning. Working out indoors can be a way to kill multiple birds with one stone.
- Houses with more than one bathroom are a bonus, as scrubbing tubs for 30 minutes can burn as much as 200 calories.
- Window cleaning is another great calorie burner, as you can expect to burn 125 calories for every 30 minutes of cleaning.
- Vacuuming also helps, as running around the house for 30 minutes with your vacuum cleaner can burn 90 calories.
- Your kid’s bedroom is likely filled to brimming with toys, which might well include a skipping rope. Be careful when using tis toy, but if you can get the hang of it, you can burn as many as 400 calories per 30 minutes of skipping rope.
- Your stairs can be one of your most effective workout tools. There is a reason why you see step equipment and the gym, so get in the habit of going up and down the stairs in your house as often as possible.
- Folding laundry and putting it away and cleaning up toys seems like an easy chore, but both can actually be great for burning calories. This is especially true when you are packing stuff away in high cupboards and shelves, as all that stretching and standing on your tippy toes helps you burn even more calories.
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Working Out Indoors Requires a Little Creative Thinking
A big part of getting fit and staying in shape is being consistent with your exercise routines. A few bad days of weather should not be used as an excuse to take time off. As you can see from our tips, there are plenty of ways to maintain a fitness routine while working out indoors. Once you get in that habit, you might just find that you exercise more than before, which can only be good for your health.
RX Fitness Equipment Is Here to Help
If you're looking for ways to workout without leaving home and would like to discuss it with a professional, RX Fitness works with hundreds of coaches, personal trainers and physical therapists. We'd be happy to refer you to one who can help. If you're looking for a great selection of fitness equipment and accessories of all kinds, we carry the top brands to fit every goal and budget and we're here to make your fitness routine more productive. Stop by our store in Thousand Oaks or give us a call. And don't forget to check out Tim's best-selling book, Fitness Equipment – A Shopper's Guide, available at Amazon and other online book sellers as well as in our store.
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