By Delta Dental on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Get fit while you finish your spring cleaning

The grass and trees are turning green, the flowers are beginning to bloom and the weather is finally nice enough for outdoor activities. But as everyone knows, before the play can begin, "Operation: Spring Cleaning" must commence.

Some of you may enjoy working in the yard and packing away the clutter from the winter season. However, there are probably a few of you that would rather just watch the snow fall. No matter what category you fall into, it’s time to add some excitement into spring cleaning.


Are you ready for the challenge?

Debris clean-up

After a long winter, there are bound to be sticks and assorted waste laying around the yard. Have the whole family pitch in and every time you pick something off the ground, add 1 squat before placing each item into the yard waste bin or bag.

5-2-1-0: Get 1 hour of physical activity every day

Planting the flowers

You’ve heard it before, April showers bring May flowers. It’s time to plant the beautiful flower pots or garden. Have some fun with it and do 10 step-ups on the bag of soil before you put it in your planting pots.


Garage de-clutter

There’s probably a pile of winter gear in the garage next to the tubs of Christmas decorations that never got put away. Many hands make for light work! Get in a great arm workout by doing 1 lift as you put the tubs back on their shelves. If the boxes are too heavy for the kiddos, partner up and work together to lift all the boxes.

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Switch to your spring wardrobe

It’s time to move all the winter clothes to storage and move the spring wardrobe to the closet. After you take each load up the steps, set down your tote and add 1 running stair climb.

Spring cleaning itself is a great way to keep moving. By adding in these extra work-out movements, you can get fit while you clean. Maybe add in some extra fun by making it a competition. Who will pick up the most debris and get in the most squats? Or who will have the most lifts from putting away tubs? Have fun with it!

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