Many people don’t like gyms. Personally, after years and years of being an unapologetic gym rat, I’ve now crossed over to a point that over 80 percent of my workouts are performed either outdoors or at home using my own personal exercise equipment (free weights, an elliptical trainer, and a stationary bicycle).
I currently engage in exercise training 5-6 days a week with 1-2 full rest days during which I typically take on a range of household chores. Now, these “full rest days” are hardly rest days. In fact, between grocery shopping, cleaning and cooking, I have a tendency to actually work out more.
So, if you’re one of many people who truly hate the gym there’s really no need to go. Take care of home instead and burn some calories while doing so. Here’s what you can do today.
Tackle Some Housework
Believe it or not, you can burn up to 250 calories an hour by simply performing general household chores. Such chores may include anything from sweeping your floors or vacuuming your carpets, straightening up or dusting furniture, carrying around boxes, storing things or even just carrying out trash. To really boost the calorie burning potential of housework, perform some calisthenics between tasks. Some great options include burpees, squats, lunges, pushups, and chair dips.
Do Your Own Laundry
Many people miss out on the calorie-burning potential of doing laundry by paying for this service. If you’re one of these people, I’m not trying to knock your hustle. But, do know that if you don’t have much time for exercise, you may be missing out an opportunity. You can easily and effortlessly burn 150-200 an hour by doing your own laundry. Between transitioning clothes to and from the washer and dryer, folding, hanging and ironing, you can burn well over 500 calories in a day.
Prepare Your Own Meals
Sure meal preparation takes time and effort, but this is a good thing when you’re trying to get in a good work out. Every step you take during meal preparation counts. In fact, walking around to pull out and put away pots and pans, foods, and seasonings can burn up 190 calories an hour. Even better, preparing your own meals will enable you to make healthier food choices while also saving money that you might otherwise spend on take out foods.
So there you have it! Three ways to work out at home without engaging in structured exercise. Now, if you’re anything like me, you may go on 8-hour excursions performing any one of these three tasks. By the end of the day, you’ll easily burn well over 1,000 calories without even leaving your home. Not convinced? Get yourself a good activity tracking device and see exactly what I mean!
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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.
Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you. If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise. However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.