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Scrub It Up, Break a Sweat

While this may be a little crazy, it’s also crazily brilliant. I know there have been busy days when I’ve had to decide between cleaning the apartment and working out. But I’ve never thought about incorporating the two. It makes sense when you think about it. You’re already working up a sweat and working your muscles while you’re scrubbing the bathtub. Why not add some squats while you’re at it?

Talk about a truly functional workout! What do you guys think about combining cleaning and cardio, scrubbing and strength? As for me, I’m off; a dirty kitchen and jumping jacks are calling my name! —Erin

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  1. Marilyn B says:

    I love it! I like a clean house but don't relish housework but exercise is good. Great idea!

  2. Tish says:

    this is SOOOOO my favorite post in the whole wide world.

    yeah for the clean (fit) freaks of the world!

  3. Diane, Fit to the Finish says:

    This is so funny because I just tweeted if anyone thought that cleaning the stove counted as exercise! (It doesn't, because I didn't even break a sweat)

    Thanks for the great post!

  4. Debbie says:

    This really works! I've been doing this for a few years now (fearing perimenopause pounds) and it does make a difference. I even wear my MBT shoes to get some balance work in. Great post!

  5. Anonymous says:

    The thing is that she does not clean AND do the workout at the same time, first she cleans&then do some exercise, then goes to another room and one more time it is after the cleaning that she exercise… I am not saying it is not effective: it can be less boring to clean your house and have a break, do your thing etc. But its not a gain in time…

  6. Erin says:

    Anon: This is true. But I know for me, working out can be a two-hour AFFAIR. Changing, driving to the gym, getting home, etc. If I can throw in some lunges AND get a clean kitchen? Well…I at least saved the drive! 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    I make sure I have music on because I will more around a little more depending on the beat! 🙂

  8. Dorie says:

    I love this! I try to run up and down the stairs many extra times to up my cardio when I'm cleaning, and I do things like calf raises when I do the dishes. I love the idea of squats in the bathroom! lol! I need to incorporate more of this into my routine.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Me again!^^

    Yes you're right, I don't go to the gym I do everything at home and just go to the pool now and then so I don't think about the time it can take to drive over there (it's almost unknown territory).

  10. Lynnsey says:

    Oh you know we love this!! More {slightly silly} cleaning workout ideas here: http://www.cleanleanmommymachine.com/p/clean-lean.html

  11. Bernice says:

    Too right, I do squats everytime I need to get anything or put anything away that I would otherwise have to bend to do, excellent!! x

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