Friday, May 21, 2010

No time to workout? Shut yo mouth!

A friend of mine just told me that she can't workout because she has to clean her house before she goes out of town.

Uh huh.  You know who you are.  That's right.

I can totally relate - nothing zaps away all of that R&R from a long relaxing weekend like coming home to a house that looks like it was used as a set in the next kids-go-crazy-when-parents-are-gone movie, complete with the tiny family pet whose cage was left open and now resides inside your dryer vent.  I even go so far as to pre-set the table or lay out my work (and workout) clothes that I am going to wear the day after I return so I don't even have to think about those things.  Yeah, I'm that girl.

But, we all know that the only workout that is optional is the second workout of the day.  Right?  So, we have three choices here:

1. Clean the house really really fast so there is time for a workout.  Totally doable.  I've been known to get my house to Martha Stewart standards in less than 45 minutes when properly motivated.  Two words: scrubbing bubbles.  I spray that crap on everything that doesn't move.

2. Workout really really efficiently so there is time to clean.  Another good option.  There are many compound exercises, circuit routines, or interval training sessions that can burn major calories in as little as 30 minutes.  Not prime, but managable for those busy days.

3. Turn your housework into a workout.  Crank up some music, grab a dustpan, and get ready to clean where the sun don't shine. 

Well, my domestic little friend, this is your lucky day!  Choose any of the above and you are a winner.  And if you choose number three, here is a handy guide to help you clean out your house and your workout excuses.

And more!

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