Instead of working out on a bike or treadmill, why not do a little cardio cleaning at your house and get your workout in by scrubbing counters, cleaning toilets, and moving furniture before you vacuum?
This holiday season isn’t quite like any other due to COVID-19 and social distancing. My family cancelled our plans to visit my hometown in Cincinnati to reduce risk of exposure during traveling. I care for too many patients with medical issues like post-surgery, heart conditions, and frailty to put myself at risk and jeopardize their well-being too.
Despite not visiting family or inviting family/friends to join us for Thanksgiving dinner, we are still taking this time to thoroughly deep clean our house before decorating for Christmas. It’s kind of our tradition!
We cardio clean room by room before Thanksgiving so we can set up the tree on Thanksgiving Day and start to get in the festive mood of Advent, St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, and the 12 Days of Christmas. We reward our hard work with a wonderful Thanksgiving Day dinner and watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving while the food is cooking!
We like to use natural products instead of harsh chemicals for cleaning. We use safer products like hydrogen peroxide, 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol, and dōTERRA cleansing essential oils and products like lemon, lime, OnGuard and OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate.
Here’s a few examples of how our family works together to Cardio Clean!
My husband cleans the outside windows (weather permitting) + takes care of all the light fixtures, ceiling fans, and bathroom vents. Basically, he does all the “tall person” jobs because he’s six feet!
I clean the bathrooms, kitchen, and home office + do the laundry. I also delegate!
My oldest daughter, age 11, cleans the living room and dining room + her part of the bedroom that she shares with her sister.
My youngest daughter, age 10, is my helper. She can lose focus on the task at hand so I’ve learned to keep her close by and give her three tasks at a time so she doesn’t get overwhelmed. She typically cleans all the low areas below my waist level so I don’t have to bend over! She’s great at scrubbing kitchen cabinets and cleaning the garbage cans. Plus, she cleans her part of the bedroom.
Generally, as a family we spend several hours spread out over a few days. Since I’m running up and down the stairs to check on laundry plus scrubbing and vacuuming, I tend to take a break from weight lifting and cardio for a couple of days. Scrubbing cabinets, walls, and counters is a great upper body workout while squatting and stair climbing definitely works the legs! Plus, I always stretch AFTER all that cleaning!
If you are going to do a bit of cardio cleaning, I recommend enlisting the help of your family, too. It’s a great way to increase your physical activity and have some very interesting conversations at the same time! I also recommend stretching after you finish cleaning for the day. This will help prevent stiffness and soreness so you don’t wake up the next day hurting.
If you experience soreness the next day, I recommend dōTERRA Deep Blue Rub to ease achy joints and muscles.
Enjoy your cardio cleaning and I wish you a beautiful week of gratitude!
To Your Best Health,
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