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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful cleaning fanatic named Cinderella. She sang, swept and scrubbed by day. By night, she enjoyed running… away from Prince Charming. No wonder she kept such a petite figure!
The good news is that you don’t have to love cleaning as much as Cinderella to see the same results. Just incorporate these simple moves while cleaning your house and be ready for a body that deserves a night on the town (pumpkin carriage optional).
Warm Up – the “Pick up”: Everything has a place, and everything in its place. Make small piles at the bottom and top of the steps, run the stairs to get things just right. Feel free to make multiple trips!
Upper Body – Wax On/Wax Off: This can be done whenever you are washing the mirrors, windows or countertops. Just remember to focus on stretching, flexing and speed. This will get a deep burn and Daniel Son strength.
Lower Body – Step Ups/Gluts Squeeze: Need to place something high on a shelf or dust above the cabinets? Turn that stepladder into a lower body scorcher with some leg extensions/knee rises.
Bonus Cardio: Whether laundry has you bored or you simply need to wake your muscles up after an hour of organizing, incorporate one of these heart-spiking moves and get the energy boost you need to finish your list! (Recommendation – 3 sets of 12 reps or more!)
- Squat jumps
- Jumping jacks
- Step dips
- Knee tucks
- Other high intensity/photometric moves
The Finisher: This one is saved for last for two reasons… you should always end with the floor (’cause dust will fall) and this will finish you as well. The best-cleaned floors are always done by hand, so why not turn this into your new favorite Pilates work? Start with your body in a high plank and place rags under your hands and feet (or knees). Wash the floors using your core to hold you up and move back as you cover more ground. Moving into a pike up is a great way to cover ground quickly, and fire up your core. If you are feeling really strong, add sets of pushups as you go room to room!
Doing this while you clean may make you wonder,”What happened after the “Happily Ever After?” Did Cinderella miss her day job and drive the Prince crazy, insisting the floors were never clean enough? Or join the other princesses like Snow White to invent medieval aerobics?