If you are like most of the population doing your housework is hardly the most exciting thing in the world. We all are guilty of finding these chores boring and tedious. I was like this too but have found a new way to perk me up and get myself going. I bought myself a pedometer and watched the steps add up as I looked after my children and did the chores. I began finding myself having much more energy and getting on with things I had put off for ages. I now have not only lost weight but also feel much more in control of my life. My top tips for feel great are:
*Buy yourself a pedometer - measuring your steps encourages you to do more - start gradually and build it up if you do too much to begin with you may put yourself off
*Do jobs you have been putting off - you’ll be amazed how much better you feel. I couldn’t believe how much things had got on top of me until I started to become more active and took control
*Get into a housework routine - I used to think this would be really boring and I would spend all my days cleaning - but actually the opposite is true. If you get organized you will spend far less time thinking and doing domestic chores as you know exactly what needs to be done and when.
Follow these tips and you will be amazed with the increase in your energy and weight and best of all it won’t cost you a thing - think of your house as you new gym
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Domestic chores - not my favorite words!! I wasn’t just over the moon about them pre -kids and am even less so now. I feel like I now do ten times as much domestic chores around the house as I used to and within 10 minutes everything looks a mess again. A bit of a thankless task!!
I have however discovered ways to motivate and inspire me to complete these mundane tasks:
Music - I have recently started listening to the radio when I’m cleaning it’s amazing how it takes your mind of what you are doing and lifts your mood. I now dance around listening to music , debate the issues of the day and of course have a laugh with the amusing DJ’s - now I actually look forward to my radio time. You can of course use this time to listen to your favorite CD.
Routine cleaning - If you have a routine of certain things you do on certain days it stops you feeling overwhelmed by what needs done. Housework is an ongoing process you can always do more but you have to find a realistic level that you can stick to. Remember you want to be able to enjoy your children and your home will never be at the standards it was pre kids. You will have years to clean your house once they are grown up
Timed Cleaning - Another way of doing things is to set yourself a time limit. For example decide to clean for 2 hours. Clean as much as you can in this time then stop - lay down whatever you are doing. You will be amazed by how much you can get down in this time knowing there is an end in sight - combine with your favorite radio station and your husband won’t recognize the place when he gets home - voila a domestic goddess has emerged!!
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