Accidental workouts – living with children
I can always remember my mother saying when I was growing up that she didn’t need to exercise due to the amount of activity she did around the house, particularly tidying up after my sister and I. As I was tidying up toys for the umpteenth time the other day, this got me thinking. How much exercise do you get when doing the housework?
Well if your family is anything like mine, the first exercise you will regularly find yourself doing are squats. Picking up toys is a regular occurrence in our house. It is also a great workout for your thighs and glutes. Each time you are bending to pick something up with feet hip-width apart with the objects within arm’s reach. Inhale and as you exhale, pull in your tummy muscles. Bend at the knees and hips. If your children scatter the floor with toys daily (as mine do), you’ll notice a difference in your shape in a couple of weeks.
Regularly bending to restore toys or books to their proper place is a good workout for thighs and butt. While I am not forgiving the endless mess that my two seem to make at the moment, I am grateful for the toning they are giving to my derrière.
The regular spills in the Silvergrey household also provide further inadvertent exercise opportunities. Scrubbing the floor provides both resistance and stretching exercise. It stretches your upper back and activates the core muscles in your abdomen. It is similar to planking if you clean for long enough.
Even loading and unloading the washing machine to provide the endless amount if clean clothes they require for instant dirtying, assists with strengthening the lower back and toning the upper arms.
While I am not suggesting that the drudgery of housework will ever match up with a good run, a hard exercise class or a pleasant hike, please try and take this as some consolation next time you are faced with another all mighty child derived mess!