Here are few more ideas on basic things you can do in 15 minutes or less that will help tone your body and get your household chores done.
1. A Basic Push Up that you can do at your sink, countertop (while waiting for that dinner to finish) or at the changing table. Every time you throw a dish in the sink, or when you’re at your changing table, make a little rule for yourself “I’m going to do 5-10 Basic Push ups every time I do ____”. It will take you less than 5 minutes and you will get a fantastic workout.
Here is how:
Place your hands on your counter top while keeping your back and neck in a straight line. Slowly bring your chest to the counter while keeping your abs tight. Come up and repeat. Remember to keep your neck straight in line with your spine, and your abs tight.
2. Wax On/Wax Off – we all have showers that need cleaning, tables that need dusting. floors that need moping and windows that need cleaning. Whenever you do these chores, pull out your inner Mr. Miyagi and use wax on/wax off in exaggerated motions. This firms up your arm muscles and works that flabby area. If you keep your back straight and tighten your ab muscles at the same time, you can add to this “chore workout.”
While you are on all fours, moping the floor with your exaggerated Mr. Miyagi moves, do your leg lifts behind you. You will work back quad muscles, and your bum WHILE you clean your floor.
3. The bathrooms are a great place to begin cleaning. And exercising. Scrub the bathtub by cleaning the tile with long sweeping motions. Exaggerate the movement up and down until you feel the burn. Get on your knees to scrub the tub, and use long motions back and forth to work the arms and shoulders. As you clean the toilet bowl and sink, use round circular movements with your arms. After you finish cleaning, stretch by raising your arms above your head.
4. Vacuuming and Lunging. Just plain old vacuuming is so last year. To be hip and cool, you should be vacuuming AND lunging. Make sure your knees do not go lower than your toes. Also make sure your shoulders are square and your stomach is tight.
5. Push Mow your Lawn. I know. That’s a total drag, but if you do that 1x a week for just 15 minutes you are getting not only a cardio workout, but a strength training one as well. It works your upper arms (holding the mower and pushing) and your legs. You can even take it one step further and Lunge WHILE you mow. The neighbors might get a kick out of watching you and you might look a little silly, but your body will look amazing.