No one likes to do chores, but we need to buy groceries, wash dishes, and clean the house. We may as well get in a workout while we’re at it. Here are a few quick and simple ways to incorporate a C3 Workout (Get Cut – Build Cardio – Strengthen Core) into your everyday activities.
A note on form. Keep your core engaged and your back straight to prevent aches and pains. When you squat down, keep those knees back over the ankles, so when you look down you can see your toes. Last thing. Turn on your favorite upbeat tunes to keep you in your Groove.
1. Do the dishes for washboard abs
Works: quads, glutes, core, shoulders, triceps
Squat down to unload the dishwasher. Keep your core engaged while you twist and reach to put away the glasses.
2. Brush your pearly whites for a perky butt and strong back
Works: glutes, quads, core, upper back.
OK, not exactly a chore. But why not tighten your body while you whiten your smile? Squat back with your weight in your heels. Pull your belly up and pull your shoulder blades together to straighten and lengthen your back.
3. Wash on – Wash off. Get sexy shoulders
Works: shoulders, both anterior and posterior deltoids
Find your perfect reflection washing windows and mirrors. Dowse paper towels with your favorite cleaner and put those delts to work. Make strong, sweeping, yet controlled circular motions from the outside in (working your anterior deltoids) starting with your left, then right arm. That’s one rep. Repeat 15x. Then reverse the motion from the inside out for 15x (working your posterior deltoids.)
4. Haul the groceries for some nice guns
Works: Biceps, shoulders
Load up two strong grocery bags. Pick up each bag with your palm facing forward. With your back straight, engage your biceps to curl the bags up and slowly lower. Repeat until you get to your car, or for city Groovers, until you get to your apartment.
5. Pick up your mess for beautiful legs
Works: Glutes, quads, hamstrings
Move your right leg back to a lunge position. Bend your left knee, being sure to keep your knee over your heel, well behind your toes. Lower yourself down, pick up your dirty laundry, the toys, or papers. Extend your left leg back and repeat. Be sure to protect your back by lowering yourself with your legs instead of leaning over.