First Time Mom and Losing It: Get Ready for Spring with My Spring Cleaning Workout

Monday, March 17, 2014

Get Ready for Spring with My Spring Cleaning Workout

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As I was browsing around my local Duane Reade store I walked past their brand of great cleaning supplies. It reminded me that I still haven't done any Spring Cleaning. I decided to include exercise and turn my spring cleaning into a workout!


Everything I needed for my #DRSpringTime cleaning was conveniently displayed in one location.


When I got home I gathered all of my cleaning supplies in one place and printed out the Spring Cleaning Workout Checklist that I created. The checklist has a list of cleaning tasks to complete per room in your house. Also included in the checklist is a specific exercise to do per room and the calories burned. (Please note that the calories burned are per 200 pound female. You can use http://www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/lookup if you want to get an accurate count for yourself.) The checklist is broken up into 4 parts. I did 2 parts per day and took breaks in-between for meals and snack time



While you are burning calories scrubbing the stove you can use a can of soup to do 20 bicep curls per arm. Make sure your elbow is touching your side. Lift your arm all the way up to your chest and repeat.


While you are polishing the furniture do 20 lunges per leg. Step forward with one leg and lower your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90 degree angle. Make sure your front knee is above your ankle and not pushed out too far. Your other knee should not touch the floor. Keep the weight in your heels as you push back up to your starting point.


While I was cleaning out my closets and drawers I found clothes that were too big for me. That gives me a lot of motivation to keep going. It makes me happy that I can donate the clothes and buy some new ones for myself. 

Check out Duane Reade's Cleaning products here: www.duanereade.com. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and @DuaneReadeNYC on Instagram.

What do you do for spring cleaning that can double for exercise?

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30 comments:

  1. I'd be dancing for 10 minutes too! A fun post. Thanks for sharing. I do need to do some spring cleaning.

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  2. ah, spring cleaning.....i guess exercise would be using the Swiffer...... :D

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  3. I LOVE this idea! It is great to share ideas where women can get in more exercise.

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  4. Perfect! I love this idea! I need to find ways to get some more exercise into my daily routine. I am dreading spring cleaning but maybe if I think of it as a workout it might make it a little easier.

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  5. Spring cleaning workout! Love the term haha. Don't wanna do it yet tho. Haha!

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  6. I like how you incorporated exercise is normally a tiring thing to do..

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  7. LOL! I love this. I tend to put on workout music when I'm cleaning. Helps to burn a lot of energy!

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  8. Great tips! I love to use cleaning as an exercise also. But usually I do some dance moves. Because after all no one's watching, lol

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  9. I love to workout but hate cleaning. So I think I will just skip the Spring cleaning and head straight to the gym!

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  10. What an awesome idea! Pinning this!! :)

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  11. Love the idea! Could use some exercise and our house could use a nice cleaning as well.

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  12. I buy this brand also, works just as good as the name brands but more affordable!

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  13. Just in time for Spring cleaning. I haven't started yet and obviously I had a reason I wasn't even aware of :) Thanks for the tips, Michelle.

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  14. cleaning your house and getting exercise?? cool...nah, still don't want to dust.

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  15. with my three messy kids, I know the cleaning work out all to well. Great idea to add some extra to help encourage you. :)

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  16. It's not spring yet. *grin*
    I really do need to do some spring cleaning soon. We just have too much stuff, clutter, messes, things like that.

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  17. I'd totally dance for 10 minutes if I found enough clothes that were too big to fill a black bag like that. Love the bicep curl idea, too. I saw a lady do that while waiting in line during the Christmas shopping season.

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  18. I love the happy dance--finding close too big --NOT-- the problem in this house =(

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  19. Spring cleaning just FEELS good, doesn't it??? I am scared to get in my closet though..what if my summer clothes are too SMALL??? hahhaa

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  20. I still need to do my spring cleaning. I know I have some clothes I can get rid of too, woohoo!

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  21. This is such a great idea! I've never thought about adding working out to cleaning! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Those are great ideas on adding a workout to your cleaning! Plus what a bonus to have clothes that are too big! Thanks for sharing these tips! #client

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  23. Such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. I really should start with my Spring Cleaning, too! :P

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  25. I ALWAYS Have My Music Playing It Motivates Me To Clean & Clean & Clean!!

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  26. Love your ideas! Add some Latin Music and I'm ready for it! :)

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  27. What a great idea! I've been having a hard time fitting exercise into my day and it's driving me crazy! I love the idea of doing some exercises while I clean. Killing two birds with one stone.

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  28. Well I get exercise on a regular basis and didn't even know it!

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