Burn 500 Calories Through Vacuuming

Most of us can confess to wanting to lose weight.  Whether its five, ten or fifty pounds, we all want to look our best.  But wanting to look our best and actually getting there are two different stories.

Unfortunately  many of us failed to get the magical metabolism where you can eat anything you want and never lose weight.  Those of us in the real world, look in the mirror, poke and prod our various pouches, and give our reflection a look of defeat.

We're all told "diet and exercise" are the keys to weight loss.  Easier said than done, right?  Dieting is near impossible when you take into account the fact that most of us like to eat, and we like to eat real food, savory foods - not cardboard with a dash of salt passing as a meal.  And for most of us, heading out to the gym to get in a 30 minute work out would be a dream come true.  Between family, work and other responsibilities, we just don't have the time to set aside time for our own health.  But just because you're busy, it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to let you home look unkempt.  So the next best thing is trying to get in a workout while you're working/cleaning.

Did you know that women spend about 20-30 percent of their time in domesticated duties like cooking and cleaning - that adds up to about 16-17 hours a week.  With such a huge chunk of our time spent here, it's no wonder that a) we not only feel exhausted by the time we're done with the housework, but b) simply don't have time to work out.

One of the best ways to lose a bit of extra weight is to cut back calories or burn a few more calories than you take in.  Burning calories is a lot easier than thought and vacuuming is one of the best kept ways to lose this weight. Try some of these suggestions to start with, then add your own:

  • Extend your arm all the way out when vacuuming.  This ensure you get maximum extension/muscle use.
  • Switch arms equally.  Nobody really wants one arm strong and toned while the other is still soft and fleshy.
  • Carry the vacuum cleaner rather than pulling it.
  • Set the alarm to go off every five to ten minutes while you're vacuuming.  In those breaks, treat your cleaning routine like a work out routine, and get in some cross training.  Do a few sit ups, jumping jacks or squats.  Get that blood flowing!
  • Don't forget to breathe!  Breathing circulates oxygen throughout your body and helps you lose weight when done right.
  • To achieve belly fat loss, suck in your belly and drop into the lower spine/back.  Breathe in, breathe out, and repeat.  Not only will this help you lose the weight but its a quick little way to meditate.
  • Clean more complain less.  You may have only intended to clean the living room, but while you're at it, why not vacuum the whole house?  You'll have a clean house and will just have burned off more calories.
  • Dance with your vacuum cleaner.
  • Do chest presses with your vacuum, provided it's a manageable weight.
  • Carry your vacuum with both hands and hold it perpendicular to your body.  With this stance, do side/waist twists.
  • If you feel strong enough, and your vacuum is light enough (stick vacuum), use it to do squats with.

Vacuuming burns an average of 75 to 125 calories per hour.  Now just imagine if you turned this routine chore into a work-out! Give yourself a real work out with these tips and see that number go up to as high as 245 calories per hour!  The greater the intensity of the work out, the greater number of calories you'll lose.  Take in all this advice to the best of your ability and you can easily lose 500 calories per hour.

Soon, you won't even need to worry about a gym membership.  Instead, you'll actually be saving money by not flushing it down the toilet on something you aren't even using. Not only will you revamp your perspective on cleaning, you'll look and feel great too

Housework is a classic fat burner - so the next time you dread the idea of vacuuming, try plugging in some music in and see 'chore-time' as 'me-time.  By the end of a few weeks, you won't just have a cleaner home, you'll have a smaller waistline!

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