Do you hate those love handles but have no time to hit the gym?
Is waking up early for the morning jog too troublesome for you? Or, does hitting the gym seems like a tedious task? Or, you feel that you don’t have any time for all of this?
Well, no worries. There are better ways of losing weight, if you just take a close look around your house. You can turn every nook and corner of your space into a little gym. So, no excuses anymore– turn your household chores into your weight loss regime! What’s more? You don’t have to spend additional time and money on exercising to lose weight either. Here are some mind-blowing tips to make this happen.
#1. Scrub the floor
Get rid of your “mop with a stick” and go back to the traditional way of cleaning the floor. Get on your all fours and begin scrubbing.
When you push your hands forward on the floor to scrub, stretch your torso as far as you can and keep your stomach muscles tight. Make sure that your hips don’t sag. Your abs is going to love the workout; and within a short time, you can get rid of that stubborn fat that was stopping you from flaunting a flat belly.
Calories burnt: 266 calories (approx.) in an hour
You will find innumerable instances where you need to bend to do some tasks at home. Use these opportunities to do some squats. For instance, squat when you bend to get things out of the bottom drawer of the kitchen cabinetry, fridge, washing machine or your wardrobe.
When you squat, hold the pose for a few seconds before standing up straight. You can tone your hips, thighs and calves if you catch at least 20 to 30 squats every day. So, from now on instead of bending your back to lift things, squat whenever and wherever you can.
Calories burnt: 60- 150 calories (approx.) in an hour
#3. Vacuum that fat away!
Turn vacuuming into an exercise regime. How do you do it? Simple. Perform forward lunges when you take the vacuum cleaner forward. Put in around 15 to 20 minutes of lunges when you vacuum and you will have enough thigh and hip workout.
If you want to make it more effective, quicken the pace of lunging and vacuuming. You get double benefits out of this. Firstly, you get a brisk cardio workout. Secondly, your job is done more quickly.
Calories burnt: 235-245 calories (approx.) in an hour
#4. Washing dishes
Dishwashers are making it big even in Indian household these days; but if you want to burn some serious calories, then take things in your hands, literally. Just take the sponge in your hands and scrub those dishes clean.
Add a little bit of dancing and a few shoulder rolls as you wash those dishes. This activity will help you to get your arms in shape easily and effectively.
Calories burnt: 80-100 calories (approx.) in an hour
#5. Doing laundry
Now, here is a great reason that will make you look forward to doing your laundry yourself. Washing clothes, folding them, lifting them and ironing them can help you burn a large amount of calories. So, turn your washing machine and your clothes into a personal weight loss trainer.
Put the clothes in the washer and the dryer and take them out and put them up for dry. Follow this by ironing and folding them. All this will be a great complete body workout, especially the upper body.
Calories burnt: 70-135 calories (approx.) in an hour
#6. Use the time in the kitchen
The best thing you can do is use the time in the kitchen for some aerobic exercises. How do you do it? Dance, that is it!
When you stir that gravy or clean your kitchen cabinets, remember to keep your feet moving back and forth. Rotate your hips, squeeze your b*tt, and add some jumps in to the routine. Make sure the music is on so that your body sways naturally to the music.
#7. Weight training
You have ample weight training opportunities every day. Confused? Well, think of all the grocery bags, garbage bags, laundry bags and other weights you carry around.
Next time you have a bag in your hand, use it to do some bicep curls and arm exercises. What better way to lose that flab around your arms?
A simple mantra for weight loss
The number of calories you burn depends on the speed of your actions, your weight and how strenuous the activity truly is. So, that is why they vary from person to person. Apart from all this, whenever you do any household chore, just quicken the pace a bit.
Walk briskly when you move around the house performing various chores. Use the stairs as much as possible, or get the laundry out of the dryer quickly. For anything that you do around the house, make this your simple mantra- quicken your pace!!!!