While you’re vacuuming, do walking lunges
It’s easy to turn vacuuming into a lower body workout, according to Matt Sauerhoff, fitness expert and founder of The LIV Method. Take a step forward while pushing the vacuum cleaner, allowing your front and back leg to bend while lowering yourself toward the ground. Create a 90 degree angle with both legs, keeping 70 percent of your weight on your front foot and keeping your chest up. Hold for five second then take your back leg and step forward to repeat the lunge on the other side. “This exercise is great for building strength and stability in your legs—and keeping your floors clean,” says Sauerhoff. “Staying active promotes circulation, lubricates joints, and keeps muscles from atrophying, and movement is the best medicine.” Lunging is also great when you have to pick things up off the floor, like toys, shoes, or other clutter.
While you’re dusting, strap on weights
A great way to get arms burning while dusting is to wear some ankle weights around your wrists, according to Thumbtack personal trainer Baron Lambert. Since dusting requires a lot of arm movement, even if you add just two to three pounds of extra resistance, you can get those arms burning with every swipe. “Having a little extra resistance during chores can help those arms tighten up and get stronger,” Barons says. Check out these 19 easy ways to burn 200 calories.