Don't ignore the cleaning mop or the mundane chakla belan. They can be your tools to healthy living, says Indrani Rajkhowa Banerjee
All you ladies out there cursing the kaamwali bai on her day off stop pulling your hair out and take a cue from Chanel V 'Bai'. Wrap that sari around your frame, put on some loud, and mop the floor with pure pleasure! You may soon realise that it's not a bad idea to bid the bai with a washboard thin tummy a sweet farewell.
This is not an anti-gym slogan, just a plain thought on how household chores can turn out to be a free-of-cost fitness regime.
Experts warn that household chores don't supplement for a serious weight loss session at the gym, which calls for a diet plan and focused workouts, but they are any day better than a sedentary life that most of us lead today. "I love exercises in any form.
It doesn't matter whether it's done at the gym or at home; it's all about keeping body parts in active motion," says 20-year-old Ananya Bhattacharya, a fitness addict.
"For those who are pressed for time or simply can't afford a gym, it's always better to try simple breathing exercises and take care of household errands. Small lifestyle changes like filling up the water bottles or standing in a right posture while cooking have their benefits," espouses wellness consultant Dr Shikha Sharma.
There's definitely a change in mindset and with physical fitness being an urban phenomenon why not convert a mundane task to something fun and flirty! Simple tasks like reaching out for jars on the overhead shelves or taking the dog out for a brisk walk can do wonders for the body.
"A military style 15-minute march while watching TV at least three times a day is the ideal cardio-vascular exercise and as good as a jog at the treadmill," says Namita Jain, fitness advisor.
Do as you may, but be careful, warn experts. "Certain tasks like lifting very heavy objects or lifting bucketful of water during a complicated pregnancy can be harmful. Moreover, one should always be careful about the postures while doing these chores," says Jain.
- Folding laundry can be a wonderful exercise for the fingers
- Sweeping and mopping best for lower body. Keeps the tummy flat and hips in shape
- Washing clothes, reaching out for overhead shelves, washing the car and opening drawers are perfect for the upper body
- Climbing up stairs, running after kids or taking the dog out for a walk are the best cardio-vascular activity; also good for hips, back and thighs