Fitness: Is cleaning the house exercise?

“I cleaned the house. That’s exercise, right?”

Ah, those New Year’s Resolutions are here! Estimates speculate that losing weight tops the list. I often joke with my significant other that cleaning the house counts as exercise. But you might be surprised to discover… it’s partially true. (Yeah!)
All body movement counts as exercise. That includes the simple and sublime activities of everyday life that we all do. Like cleaning, mowing the grass, and giving the kids a piggyback ride.
The good news is so many of us spend untold hours outside working around the house, both inside and out! If you’re like me, you automatically discount those activities because they don’t fall into the traditional “exercise” mold that was ingrained into our heads when we were kids in gym class. But stop and think for a minute: How do you feel after a day in the yard? Tired? Maybe a few muscle aches?
Now ask yourself how you feel after running, working out or playing a game of hoops. I bet it’s not much different.

A few fascinating facts about burning calories from everyday chores:  Scrubbing floors burns 6.2 calories a minute! Washing clothes burns around 4 calories a minute! Even grocery shopping counts at 3.8 calories for every minute behind a shopping cart.

Good nutrition doesn’t have to cost a lot!

Investing in good health (which includes chiropractic care) is cheap compared to being sick and unwell. Just ask anyone in the hospital. You have the power to make it happen. Right now. If you’d like some help achieving vibrant health and energy, please call our office (425) 670-2600 to schedule an appointment. Quite bluntly, smart patients know the value of investing in themselves and by that I mean a WELLNESS APPROACH to care. Now is the perfect time to begin! If not now, then when??

If you’d like to learn more about proper nutrition, please call us!
Dr. Jerry Dreessen and Dr. Jason Gilmore

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