Vacuuming burns about 250 calories per hour but you can make this task even more effective by changing the way you move around when you vacuum.
Lunges are a great exercise for your glutes (butt), quads (thighs) and core (abs). Plus they fit really well together with vacuuming.
A lunge is a position where one leg is positioned forward, with the knee bent and the foot placed flat on the ground, while the other leg is positioned behind.
It’s quite easy to do lunges but a couple of things to pay attention to are:
- Keep your abs engaged during the entire exercise.
- Keep your back straight.
- Form a straight line from your bent knee to your shoulders.
To return to a standing position push yourself back up again using your front leg.
- It is ok to allow for your front knee to go past your front toes.
- Try not to touch the ground with your back knee.
Take long deep steps as you vacuum and slowly move forward and feel the burn in your thighs and butt.
I also have to add that I deliberately chose Nel (a man) for this illustration. In our house I also do most of the vacuuming.