How many women of 40plus can devote special time for exercise? And who doesn’t want a slim and fit body? At 40+ lifestyle disease like heart, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, etc are slowly rearing their heads. Exercises help to increase stamina, remain fit and slim, improve metabolism and increase endurance. So here are useful ideas of household chores cum fitness program.
SKIPPING WHILE COOKING
Walking in the morning fresh air for half an hour each day is an excellent idea. But most weekday mornings go in cooking breakfast and rushing to work. At weekends there is the week’s laundry, cleaning and many more tasks. So this is what you can do:
First have a glass of your favourite fruit juice for energy. While cooking breakfast you need to go across the room for pans and ladles, food items, spices, dishes and spoons. All these are not kept in the same space.
While you go around the kitchen collecting the necessary stuff, instead of just walking, jump as if you are skipping without a rope. If that sounds stupid, well it is! The rest of the family will go ROFL!! But you just stick with the idea like I did and see the difference. Before long everyone at home will agree you have the slimmest body ever. Do just a few counts. You don’t want to strain the knees.
WALKING AND WEIGHT TRAINING – THE SUPERMARKET WAY
I do hope the supermarket is not too far away from your home! If it is within walking distance, then you can combine walking and weight training into one fitness routine.
This will give you overall exercise and tone the muscles of the arms while you carry provisions. Do this every alternate day or at least once a week. It will help burn calories and your cardio routine is also taken care of.
SQUATS WHILE CLEANING THE HOUSE
I am sure the rest of the family helps you with this task. But I suggest you keep the toughest corners of the house for yourself as a fitness gimmick. Normally you would stand and vacuum clean under couches, tables, divans, etc. Use a broom, squat and clean instead. Move across the room in the squatting position. You could do one room per day. This is the world best exercise for abs and thighs. It also strengthens the muscles around the knees.
SUPERMAN BACK EXTENSION AND MAKING THE BEDS
You would normally go around the bed to straighten out the four corners of the cover. This is the best time to do the Superman back extension exercise. (see below)
Remember, it is very essential to build up muscle mass along with burning calories. Follow these ideas of household chores cum fitness program and eat a high protein diet, and you’ll be looking trim and gorgeous in a month.