Spring into fitness
An active lifestyle doesn’t have to mean joining a gym! Here’s how to freshen up your home and your fitness level at the same time.
Any activity you incorporate into your everyday life will help support your weight loss and leave you feeling more energized—and that includes giving your house a spring-clean. In fact, all that scrubbing and vacuuming is exactly the sort of incidental activity that can improve your cardiovascular health, according to a study from Queen’s University in Canada. The key is to make the most of these seasonal chores by doing them vigorously, so they count as moderate-intensity activity—when you feel warmer and your breathing and heart rate speeds up. Read on for three easy ways to put the Body Magic (Slimming World’s gentle, get-going activity program) into this spring’s cleaning routine.
Set the mood
There’s nothing like some up-tempo tunes to get you in the mood to put in some elbow grease around the house. Try putting together a Spotify playlist of your favorite songs or download an app like PaceDJ, which can help you find the perfect soundtrack. For extra motivation, opt for songs with slightly faster beats per minute (bpm) than you may listen to in the car and maximize your potential for movement by wearing a breathable top and comfortable pants. (And don’t be afraid to get into the music—vacuum like no one’s watching!)
Start a timer
Time is a great motivator, so set your kitchen timer for 2 minutes and give your all to an activity like window washing (or scrubbing grout in the bathroom or washing the walls). When the timer goes off, allow yourself to rest for 30 seconds. Repeat 10 to 15 times for clean windows and some heart-healthy activity.
Mix it up
Want to add a little variety to your cleaning? Try inserting some moves into your routine, like a few jumping jacks in between sweeping or dusting. The key is to make it something you can easily do regularly—and to make it fun!
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If you’re planning to start a new exercise program, it’s always a good idea to check with your health care provider first—especially if you have an existing health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.