• Genevieve Temple

Did you know you're getting a workout doing this?

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

Have you ever been away for the weekend & left your partner in charge? And have you hoped you’d come back to a house that looked like the one you left 2 days previously, but instead found yourself walking into a parallel & somewhat unwelcome universe that reminds you of your student days?

Well, I was hoping that after a recent weekend away skiing, enjoying fabulous scenery, laughter & gorgeous company, I’d start my first day back with a forest workout and then spend the day luxuriating in my pristine house painting my toenails (ok, admittedly that’s a bit far fetched!). BUT, I was aiming to at least get out of my exercise gear before school pick up. Alas the “cleaning up after the family workout” took rather a long time!

After grumbling with my fellow ski ladies about our partners’ shortcomings, I forced myself to remember there’s a plus side to this - housework is good for us! “Housework & domestic chores” count as moderate intensity cardiovascular physical activity. It also strengthens muscles. According to the UK Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines we should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week. That’s only 30 minutes 5 times a week. Muscle strengthening activities should be done at least twice a week.

1 in 3 men & almost 1 in 2 women don’t achieve the weekly 150 minutes. According to WHO, physical inactivity is one of the top 5 risk factors for mortality in high income countries. It’s associated with a range of chronic conditions including some cancers, obesity, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, mental health conditions including depression & anxiety, dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma & musculoskeletal conditions. Many of these conditions are on the rise & affecting people at a younger age.

So, next time you’re dreading cleaning the house, look at it as a free workout: https://www.facebook.com/otteryforestfit/videos/173569940538301/

However, if anyone has a magic wand that motivates their clan to clean & tidy up, please share on my Facebook page. I’d also love to know the worst you’ve come home to!

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